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foamy urine

I have been having some tinnitus issues for almost a year following an ear surgery.  I have, for the past 2 months been taking an herbal supplement called SonarX containing feverfew, black cohosh, ginkgo, echinacea, bromelain, garlic, ginger, ginseng, mate, meadowseet, st.johns wort and valerian root (500mg, twice a day).  

My question is, I've noticed that for the past month i have had very foamy, normal colored urine and am wondering could this be related to the supplement I have been taking, or should I be worried about kidney disease.  Before taking this supplement (in November), I had full bloodwork and urine done including liver/kidney panels and everything was normal.  I would like to continue taking this supplement as it helps my tinnitus.  What should I do?? I am a 25 yr old male, healthy, although I do have hereditarily high cholesterol (220), and smoke and drink socially on weekends..  

Thanks Doc.
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Foamy urine may be indicative of protein in the urine - which is normally a sign of kidney disease.  The normal blood tests for kidney function is reassuring.

I would assume that the urine was already tested for protein.  Another consideration would be to collect a 24-hr urine sample looking for proteinuria.  Looking at the urine under a microscope to evaluate for any abnormal sediment can also be considered.

If the symptoms continue, you can discuss this with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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