What other symptoms might occur with cloudy urine?

Cloudy urine may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms can originate in the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra), the reproductive system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, and other organs and systems of the body.

Possible coexisting urinary tract symptoms

Urinary tract symptoms that can occur with cloudy urine include:

  • Abdominal or flank pain (along your abdomen, side or back)

  • Abnormal coloring of the urine, such as dark, tea-colored or bloody or pink-tinged urine

  • Bladder spasms, pain or cramps, which are felt in the lower abdominal area

  • Dribbling urine or incontinence

  • Foul-smelling urine

  • Frequent urination or a decrease in urination

  • Painful urination or burning with urination

  • Urgent urination

Possible coexisting symptoms related to other body systems

Symptoms related to other organs or body systems that can occur with cloudy urine include:

  • Excessive hunger

  • Fever

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Joint pain and stiffness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Swelling (edema) of the legs and possibly the abdomen, arms and face

  • Swelling of the lymph nodes

  • Symptoms of dehydration, such as dry mouth, thirst, dizziness and weakness

  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain

  • Vaginal or penile discharge

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition:

In some cases, cloudy urine can occur with symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Bloody urine

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Disorientation

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to urinate

  • Seizure

  • Severe abdominal pain or flank pain (along your abdomen, side or lower back)

  • Tremors or trembling


What is cloudy urine?

Healthy urine is clear and light yellow in color. Urine may appear cloudy for a variety of reasons, some of which are not harmful, such as foaming of the urine that occurs temporarily when urinating rapidly. However, when urine is persistently cloudy, hazy or milky, it is generally an abnormal condition and a symptom of an underlying disease, disorder or condition.

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What causes cloudy urine?

Cloudy urine is often caused by infection, inflammation or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) or the reproductive organs. A small amount of blood in the urine that is not visible to the naked eye can also cause cloudy urine.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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