What other symptoms might occur with urine odor?

Urine odor may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms can be due to problems 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.

Urinary tract symptoms that may occur with urine odor

Symptoms related to the urinary tract that can occur with urine odor include:

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

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

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

  • Cloudy or foamy urine

  • Dribbling urine or incontinence

  • Frequent urination or a decrease in urination

  • Painful urination or burning with urination

  • Urgent urination

Other symptoms that may occur with urine odor

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

  • Easy bruising or bleeding

  • Excessive hunger

  • Fever

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)

  • Swelling (edema) of the abdomen

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

  • Rectal pain and discharge from the rectum

  • Weight loss or weight gain

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition:

In some cases, urine odor 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:

  • 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

  • Grossly bloody urine

  • Inability to urinate

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

INTRODUCTION

What is urine odor?

Healthy urine may have a mild smell but generally does not have a foul odor. In some cases, an unusual or strong urine odor may be due to benign conditions that are not harmful, such as eating certain foods or taking certain medications. When urine persistently smells bad or has a foul, strong or unusual odor, it may be caused by an underlying disease, disorder or condition.

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CAUSES

What causes urine odor?

Urine odor may be described as foul, strong, musty, sweet, or as smelling like sulfur or ammonia. Urine odor may be caused by conditions that are not harmful (benign) or by mild to serious diseases and disorders.

Benign causes of urine odor

Urine odor may be caused by a variety of conditions that are not harmful or not caused by disease including:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 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.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System


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