Posted by sarah preston on July 21, 1999 at 12:19:05
I have had cloudy urine for a few weeks now. It is at all time I urinate. Very cloudy and thick looking. I am not on medications ans I am not pregnant.
The urine also has a smell to it- what could be the cause?
Posted by HFHS M.D.-JS on July 26, 1999 at 12:39:14
Dear Sarah Preston
Thank you for your inquiry. The color of urine can range anywhere from clear to dark yellow, red, or orange depending on a few factors. Clear urine is a dilute urine which usually typifies a well hydrated person in which the kidney releases the excess fluid and solute/waste in a low concentration. Dark yellow urine typifies a dehydrated person in which the kidney has less volume of fluid to excrete its waste and thus the fluid component compared to the waste component is less and the urine is more concentrated. Red urine typifies bleeding or hematuria, orange urine may be from certain medications. Urine typically has little to no smell. The nitrogen waste product of ammonia does have a characteristic smell but is usually not that offensive. Urinary tract infections, vaginal infections can produce a foul smelling urine depending on the infecting organism. Often there are accompanying symptoms of urge, frequency, dysuria(painful urination) with UTI
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