Top 5 Urine Odor Causes Not To Miss

Urine OdorUrine odor is just one of many ways that urine can help warn of health problems. Normally urine of a healthy person does not have a very strong smell. Here are the top 5 causes of urine odor not to miss:

1. Dehydration. People who are dehydrated will have an ammonia urine odor that is stronger than they usually notice. In people with uncontrolled diabetes there is a noticeably sweet urine odor. Medications and even some foods like asparagus can produce a distinct urine odor.

2. Urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections (UTI) can cause foul-smelling urine. In addition to foul-smelling urine, there are other symptoms of bladder infection. People with UTIs describe a burning and painful feeling when they urinate. They may have a strong urge to urinate, but when they relieve themselves, not much urine is passed. Frequently, people with UTIs have a general feeling of not being well. In the case of a UTI, some small amounts of blood may also be passed in the urine.

3. Hepatitis. Dark colored urine should be taken very seriously. If the urine is dark and brownish, you could have hepatitis. Hepatitis A, B, and C are serious conditions of the liver. You should see your doctor as soon as possible. Hepatitis can be contagious. Your doctor will advise you about treatment and safety.

4. Kidney disease. If you are dehydrated, your urine will be more concentrated and more likely to foam. If you have urinated very quickly, this may result in occasional urine that appears somewhat foamy. But consistently foamy urine can mean that there is protein in the urine. This is a symptom of some kind of underlying kidney disease.

5. Proteinuria. When the kidneys “clean” the blood, they catch things that the body needs and return them to the bloodstream. Protein is one of these things. If the kidneys are passing protein into the urine, that is a symptoms of disease. See your doctor.