My friend sat down on the toilet to relieve herself and smelled an unpleasant odor coming from her urine. She confronted me and wanted to know what might be the root cause of the smell. Urine can be smelly for various reasons. Although many of them can be harmless, they can sometimes be a sign that something serious is going on.
The following are the five causes of smelly urine and what to do about it.
1. Dehydration is the main cause of smelly urine
Insufficient intake of water into your body causes smelly urine. Urine is a combination of water and waste products. Thus, when urine has less water in relation to waste products, there is a likelihood of smelly urine. The colors for confirmation of dehydration are amber or honey-colored and dark orange. This calls to up your water intake. When it’s a pale straw or transparent yellow color, then you are well hydrated, and thus your urine could be smelly for other reasons.
2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
This is when bacteria enter your urinary system through the urethra and start to multiply in the bladder. This can make your urine smell when peeing. Having a UTI can have more indicators than just fetid urine. Those bacteria can make you pee frequently, have sensational burning when peeing, and even turn your urine cloudy or bloody.
3. Yeast Infections
Yeast are naturally living microorganisms in various parts of the body, including the vagina; as yeast grows out of control, they can initiate an infection. Urine can pick up ascent as yeast infections occur in the vagina – the urethra is close to the vaginal opening. Symptoms of yeast infections include itching, redness, swelling of the vagina and vulva, and thick white discharge.
4. Kidney stones
Kidney stones develop when salts and other minerals found in urine stick together and form into hard stone-like deposits. Kidney stones can collect bacteria and lead to infection or even bleeding. This can change how urine smells like. Signs of kidney stones include groin pain, nausea or vomiting, frequent urination, blood in urine, and urination, among others. You need to seek medical attention if you have those signs.
5. Sexually transmitted infections (STI)
Some STIs may cause Urethritis and inflammation of the urethra. This is associated with bacteria, pus, or bleeding, changing the smell of the urine. Examples of STIs that cause Urethritis includes Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea. Having any suspicion of having STIs, seek medical attention as quickly as possible to determine the best option for treatment.
In conclusion, seeking medical attention is better when you have smelly urine. This gives room for better and early treatment. The reasons behind this might be dehydration, Urinary Tract Infection, Yeast Infection, kidney stones, and sexually transmitted infections.
Have you ever experienced smelly urine? What did you do about it?
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