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How Urinary Tract Infections (UTI Infections) Cause Stinky Urine

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If your urine is foul-smelling, the cause could be a urinary tract infection, or UTI.  Some other symptoms of UTIs are pain or burning when urinating or pain in the abdomen.  If you have a UTI, you will likely need to see your doctor for antibiotics to get rid of it.  However, there are some home remedies you can use to prevent or stave off minor UTIs.

SYMPTOMS OF A UTI INFECTION

Sometimes a person can have a UTI without having any signs or symptoms whatsoever.  Having at least one symptom is more likely, though.  Some of the typical signs and symptoms of UTIs are:

·         Constantly feeling like you need to urinate

·         A burning, stinging or painful sensation when urinating

·         Cloudy urine

·         Foul-smelling urine

·         Frequent urination, often of only small amounts

·         Pain in the pelvic area if you are female

·         If you are male, you may experience pain in the area of your rectum

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

If your UTI stems from an infection in your urethra, you may notice burning during urination.

If your UTI is associated with your bladder, you may experience the following:

·         Pain or discomfort in your lower abdominal area

·         A sensation of pressure in your pelvic area or a constant urge to urinate

·         Blood in your urine

·         Frequent urination

·         Burning during urination

Can Men or Children Get Urinary Tract Infections?

Yes.  Women are most susceptible to urinary tract infections, but a UTI can happen to anyone.  One of the most common reasons people have stinky urine is that they’ve got a UTI.

Men are more resistant to urinary tract infections than women are.  Even if a man is exposed to the bacteria that cause UTIs, he may not actually develop a urinary tract infection.  Part of the reason for this is that males have longer urethras than females do, so bacteria have to travel further to reach the urinary tract.  In the time that takes, it’s highly likely the bacteria will get flushed out by urination.

Even a baby can get a UTI.  In the case of small children, it is even more important to seek out a doctor’s advice if the child is having symptoms of a UTI.  Children’s immune systems are not yet fully developed, so a UTI can quickly get out of control. The child also may not be able to tell you about the burning during urination or constant urge to urinate.

How Can I Tell If I have a UTI?

 If you are experiencing any kind of pain or burning during urination or if your urine odor is strong or unpleasant, then you should consult a doctor.  These are common symptoms of UTI’s.

You can also use an at-home test kit for urinary tract infections, such as AZO Urinary Infection Test Strips.

How Do I Get Rid of a UTI?

A course of antibiotics is used to treat a urinary tract infection.  While taking antibiotics isn’t really a pleasant prospect (especially because they cause stomach upset for some), it is much better than continuing to deal with the UTI.  Keep in mind that as an infection, a UTI can spread.

There are some natural home remedies you can use to get rid of UTIs, but these are best used to prevent UTIs or to get rid of one that is just starting

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Red Urine

 

red urineUrine that appears red in color could be a sign of a serious health problem.

There are many reasons your urine might turn red. Foods known to make your urine red or pink include blackberries, rhubarb and beets. This is due to the fact that these foods contain anthocyanins. If the cause of your red urine is the foods you’ve eaten, the unusual color will go away in a day or two. It is harmless.

 Medications that Cause Red Urine
Certain medications can turn your urine red. If you’ve just started a new medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if red urine is a side effect of your medication. Some medications known to cause red urine are:

  • Rifampin– an anti-biotic
  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine)- often an ingredient in medications for relief of urinary pain
  • Senna– sometimes an ingredient in laxatives
  • Compazine– an anti-nausea medication
  • Coumadin (warfarin)- a blood thinner
  • Aspirin– a common pain reliever
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)- an anti-seizure medication
  • Quinine (Quinerva, Quinite)- an anti-malaria drug that is also a component of tonic water and bitter lemon
  • Some tranquilizers and laxatives can turn urine a reddish color.

More Causes of Red Urine
The most common causes of red urine (if not caused by diet or medications) are urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney stones.

Blood in urine can make it look red. If you have blood in your urine, there are several possible causes. See our page on Blood In Urine for more information.

Although they are not the most common causes, kidney disease or a tumor in the urinary tract can cause red urine.

Another rare cause can be Sickle Cell Anemia.

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Dark Colored Urine

Dark Colored Urine

There are also medications that will make your urine dark, such as pyridium. An example of an over-the-counter medication that changes urine color is AZO, which relieves urinary pain.

Liver diseases may cause dark urine. Jaundice, known for its tendency to turn skin yellow, is a sign associated with liver dysfunction. Hepatitis A, B and C may cause dark colored urine, but they are not the only liver conditions that may do this.

Gallstones may cause urine color to become darker. Other symptoms they cause include loss of appetite, indigestion and jaundice.

Overheating/over exposure to heat causes urine to become dark. If you suspect someone is overheating, seek medical attention immediately. If not treated, this condition can kill a person. Some other signs of overheating are clammy skin, hyperventilation (fast breathing) and excessive sweating.

Dark Urine

If you or a loved one is experiencing dark urine, it could be cause for alarm, but most likely it is nothing to get worried about.  Your urine is normally clear with a faint yellow color.  The color of your urine may change, however, based on the types of foods you’re eating, the liquids you’re drinking, and the medications you’re taking.  Some substances and compounds can alter the color of our urine, sometimes leading to dark urine.

What Causes Dark Urine?

Some of the things that can lead to dark urine are natural or artificial food colors, which may come from foods like dark colored berries or beets.  Even something as mundane as black licorice, (which also makes your stool turn green, by the way) can give you a dark urine color.  Alcoholic drinks can also darken the color of your urine, so if you are drinking a lot, consider cutting back.  Another good idea is to increase your water intake- whether or not you continue drinking alcohol, making this simple change can do wonders for the health of your urinary tract and liver.

If you take vitamins or laxatives, you may notice a change in the color of your urine, making it look darker.  Pyridium, a substance commonly found in laxatives, is one drug that will often make your urine a darker color.  If you’re taking a carotene supplement, which is a form of Vitamin A, or if you just have higher levels of carotene from eating foods such as broccoli, spinach, or other fruits and vegetables high in carotene, your urine could darken as a result.  This is usually no cause for concern.

Another possible cause of dark urine is blood.  Many things can cause blood to appear in your urine, including infections, kidney disease, kidney stones, severe bodily trauma, and even cancer.  If you’re suffering from a urinary tract infection, your urine may appear darker in color.  Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin, is another cause of dark urine because of the increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream.  Liver disease or other obstructions that interfere with bile, such as diseases of the pancreas or bile ducts, are sometimes to blame for dark colored urine.

The most common cause of dark urine, however, is dehydration.  If you’re not drinking enough water your urine will be more concentrated, leading to urine that is darker than normal.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve experienced any pain when you urinate and/or your urine is a dark color, you could have a medical condition that needs attention.  Fever and fatigue are also warning  signs that should make you seek a doctor’s advice. and if your dark urine is accompanied by any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.  A dark brown color, for instance, could mean you’re suffering from a serious liver ailment, possibly even cirrhosis or hepatitis.  When dark urine shows up with other symptoms, prompt medical attention is your best course of action.

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Dark Urine

Dark Colored Urine

Dark Colored Urine

What Is Normal Urine Supposed To Look Like?
The normal urine of a healthy person should be a light yellow color. It should be clear, not cloudy.  And its odor should not be very strong.

What Causes Dark Colored Urine?
There are many possible situations that could make your urine dark. Some of these are no cause for concern, but others are signs of serious illness.

There are different types of dark urine. If you have blood in your urine, the color may be red, orange, pink, brownish-red or the color of tea.

A urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection) can make your urine darker and/or cloudy.

Ordinary, everyday substances sometimes make your urine darker than normal. Examples include beets, blackberries, B complex vitamins, beta carotene and food colorings.

Dehydration Causes Dark Yellow Urine
Urine that is dark yellow in color is very often caused by dehydration. When you drink less water, your urine becomes more concentrated and it will appear darker. Make sure your water intake is adequate. Eight glasses a day is a common recommendation, but you may need to drink more in certain situations, such as the following:

  • Extreme weather temperatures, both hot and cold;
  • Exercise increases your need for water;
  • Sweating;
  • Your height and weight.

As you drink more water, you should notice the color of your urine getting lighter and lighter.

Foods and Medications that Can Turn Your Pee Dark Yellow
The foods you eat can make your urine dark yellow. Food coloring, dyes and even compounds found in natural, unprocessed food could make your pee darker temporarily. Sometimes you will even find these dyes or colorings in medications. Some foods known to cause a change in the color of your urine include:

  • Blackberries
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Fava Beans
  • Aloe

If you have taken certain medications recently, they could be the cause of dark yellow urine color:

  • Laxatives
  • Warfarin
  • Rifampin
  • Phenazopyridine
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Quinine and related drugs
  • Sulfamethoxazole

Diseases and Medical Conditions that Cause Dark Yellow Urine
If you are having other symptoms in addition to dark yellow urine, such as foul smelling urine, fever or pain, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis. It is quite possible your symptoms are related and may be part of a larger problem.

Urinary Tract Infections
One common medical condition that causes dark yellow urine is a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you have a UTI, chances are your urine looks cloudy or has a foul odor, and you could have other typical symptoms:

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in your back under one of your ribs
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If you have a compromised immune system or any of the conditions below, you are at a higher risk for having UTIs:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease or kidney stones
  • Pregnant
  • Have an enlarged prostate

Dark Colored Urine

There are also medications that will make your urine dark, such as pyridium. An example of an over-the-counter medication that changes urine color is AZO, which relieves urinary pain.

Liver diseases may cause dark urine. Jaundice, known for its tendency to turn skin yellow, is a sign associated with liver dysfunction. Hepatitis A, B and C may cause dark colored urine, but they are not the only liver conditions that may do this.

Gallstones may cause urine color to become darker. Other symptoms they cause include loss of appetite, indigestion and jaundice.

Overheating/over exposure to heat causes urine to become dark. If you suspect someone is overheating, seek medical attention immediately. If not treated, this condition can kill a person. Some other signs of overheating are clammy skin, hyperventilation (fast breathing) and excessive sweating.

Dark Urine

If you or a loved one is experiencing dark urine, it could be cause for alarm, but most likely it is nothing to get worried about.  Your urine is normally clear with a faint yellow color.  The color of your urine may change, however, based on the types of foods you’re eating, the liquids you’re drinking, and the medications you’re taking.  Some substances and compounds can alter the color of our urine, sometimes leading to dark urine.

What Causes Dark Urine?

Some of the things that can lead to dark urine are natural or artificial food colors, which may come from foods like dark colored berries or beets.  Even something as mundane as black licorice, (which also makes your stool turn green, by the way) can give you a dark urine color.  Alcoholic drinks can also darken the color of your urine, so if you are drinking a lot, consider cutting back.  Another good idea is to increase your water intake- whether or not you continue drinking alcohol, making this simple change can do wonders for the health of your urinary tract and liver.

If you take vitamins or laxatives, you may notice a change in the color of your urine, making it look darker.  Pyridium, a substance commonly found in laxatives, is one drug that will often make your urine a darker color.  If you’re taking a carotene supplement, which is a form of Vitamin A, or if you just have higher levels of carotene from eating foods such as broccoli, spinach, or other fruits and vegetables high in carotene, your urine could darken as a result.  This is usually no cause for concern.

Another possible cause of dark urine is blood.  Many things can cause blood to appear in your urine, including infections, kidney disease, kidney stones, severe bodily trauma, and even cancer.  If you’re suffering from a urinary tract infection, your urine may appear darker in color.  Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin, is another cause of dark urine because of the increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream.  Liver disease or other obstructions that interfere with bile, such as diseases of the pancreas or bile ducts, are sometimes to blame for dark colored urine.

The most common cause of dark urine, however, is dehydration.  If you’re not drinking enough water your urine will be more concentrated, leading to urine that is darker than normal.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve experienced any pain when you urinate and/or your urine is a dark color, you could have a medical condition that needs attention.  Fever and fatigue are also warning  signs that should make you seek a doctor’s advice. and if your dark urine is accompanied by any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.  A dark brown color, for instance, could mean you’re suffering from a serious liver ailment, possibly even cirrhosis or hepatitis.  When dark urine shows up with other symptoms, prompt medical attention is your best course of action.

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Cloudy Urine

cloudy urineMost of the time, urine is pale yellow and transparent. It is not necessarily abnormal to have cloudy urine, though. There are both harmless and dangerous possible causes of it.

One cause that is harmless is when you have a buildup of phosphates in your urine. This will make it appear cloudy instead of clear. This can occur due to the foods you ate. Your urine should return to normal within a day or two.

 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause cloudy urine. Usually, a UTI will have other symptoms, like frequent urination, urinary pain or a constant urge to urinate. It is possible, though, for a UTI to have no other symptoms. The only way to find out if you have a UTI is to consult with a doctor and have your urine tested.

 

What Causes Cloudy Urine?

Cloudy urine can come from excessive protein in the urine. This is called proteinuria.  It can be caused by high blood pressure, kidney diseases and in pregnant women, it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

In men, inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) can cause cloudy urine. It usually also causes more noticeable symptoms, such as pain, fever and chills. If you suspect you have prostatitis, you should see a doctor.

 

 

What Causes Cloudy Urine During Pregnancy?

Cloudy urine during pregnancy can have many causes. It is important to let your doctor know if you are having cloudy urine during pregnancy, as the it could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Cloudy urine during pregnancy can also come from excessive protein in the urine (proteinuria). It can be caused by high blood pressure, kidney disease and urinary tract infections. Many people experience cloudy urine at times, but if you have cloudy urine during pregnancy, you should discuss it with your doctor just to be sure it is not serious.

 

Some sexually transmitted diseases may cause your urine to look cloudy. Gonorrhea in particular is known for causing this.

Pus or vaginal discharge in urine can make it look cloudy.

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Green or Blue Urine

Green or Blue Urine

Often, green or blue urine results from a medication you took or from a urinary tract infection (UTI). However, there are some disorders…

 

 

Yellow Urine

 

Yellow Urine

Your urine should be light yellow in color, but what if it’s dark yellow or even bright, neon yellow? If it is, you might just be seeing the result of the multivitamins you take…

 

Black or Brown Urine

Black or Brown Urine

Although brown/black urine looks fairly alarming, sometimes it is simply the result of over-indulging in grandma’s rhubarb pie(s). In many instances, it is a side effect of a medication you’re taking…

 

 

 

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Colors of Urine

blood in urine

 

Blood in Urine
When you have blood in your urine, it may look red, pink, brownish red, the color of tea or it might not be visible at all. You may only know about it because your urine was tested and there were red blood cells present in it. Sometimes bloody urine…
dark colored urine

Dark Colored Urine

Causes of dark colored urine vary widely. Urine that is just a bit darker than normal could be due to dehydration. Unusual colors, though, may indicate a health problem. For instance, liver problems can cause dark urine…
red urine

Red Urine

Certain foods and medications can make your urine turn red. Additionally, some health conditions cause blood in the urine, making it appear red. If your urine is red and you know it is not due to diet or medications, you will need to see your doctor…

 

cloudy urine

 

Cloudy Urine

Cloudy urine occurs naturally sometimes, usually as a result of foods you ate. But cloudy urine can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI), prostatitis and certain other medical conditions… MORE

 

 

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