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Possible causes of bad urine odor

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I have very strong smelling urine, No colour change and no discomfort, no raised temp, and no other symptoms, the smell is somewhat revolting and embarassing when i have to urinate at work or in public. I have had a UTI on a few occasions but its nothing like that at all


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replied May 9th, 2009
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A6555


Urine odor is usually caused by the substances that are normally wasted out of the body via the urine. However, if the urine is too concentrated, these substances have a bigger potential to cause the odor. You might want to take more water (at least 2 liters daily) to dilute the urine and avoid this condition.

Please keep in mind that other substances including medications, certain food (asparagus), or waste products from metabolic disorders might cause the bad urine smell. If taking more water does not help you, you might want to consult with your family doctor about further tests.


One of the most common causes for bad urine odor is urinary tract infection. However, you do not report the other symptoms that are usually found in urinary tract infections, such as: feeling of burning when urinating, frequent urination, and discharge. In the end, you might check yourself for urinary tract infections just to rule them out as a possible cause for your condition.


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