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What could cause my urine to be cloudy or have a strong odor?

Related Topics: Urination

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Urinary Incontinence
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
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... If your urine is cloudy and then clears up later in the day and you have no other symptoms, you probably have nothing to worry about. Eating a large meal or drinking lots of milk can cause urine to be cloudy temporarily. Women may also have a small amount of vaginal discharge mixing with urine that makes it look a little cloudy—this is also usually not a problem, so do not worry.

If cloudiness persists and you have other symptoms—pain and burning during urination, a feeling of urgency, or even fever, for example—you need to talk to your primary care provider about it as you may have a urinary tract infection or other condition requiring treatment.

If your urine is dark amber in color and has a strong odor too, it may indicate that it's extremely concentrated. This can happen after heavy exercise and sweating and means that you need to drink more water to avoid dehydration. If the extra water intake doesn't lighten the color and odor of your urine, you may have other conditions that require medical attention, such as a urinary tract infection or even early diabetes. Sometimes foods cause urine to have an odor (asparagus, for example) but the odor should go away after a few hours or overnight. If a strong odor persists, it's time to contact your health care provider and have a urine test to determine the cause.

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