About Cloudy and Smelly Urine of Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection(s)

Is your urine cloudy, murky, turbid, muddy or rusty in color, and may or may not have a foul, bad, unpleasant odor/smell? Usually cloudy and sometimes smelly urine is a sign of a urinary tract or bladder infection.

An additional symptom with these infections is the frequent urge to urinate. When you do, urination burns. You may also feel an uncomfortable pressure down around you pubic bone. So what’s next?

Urinary tract and bladder infections are treated with prescription antibacterial drugs. Since strains of bacteria do vary, your infection may not clear up by taking someone else’s medication.

As such, you need to have a urine test done to determine the nature of your bacterial infection. This urinalysis test will reveal which antibiotic will do the best job destroying the bacteria that is causing your burning, painful urination.

So where do you get this test done? If you are a “first timer” in the world of urinary tract infections, you will need to see a doctor for testing and antibiotics.

While you wait for your doctor’s appointment, try using a heating pad over your urinary tract area (lower abdomen) to help relieve some of your painful symptoms. Drink plenty of water, or cranberry juice, to help cleanse the urinary tract of bacteria. And avoid consuming coffee, alcohol and spicy foods.

Suggested ways to avoid urinary tract or bladder infection(s):

  • shower instead of tub baths
  • drink plenty of water every day
  • don’t resist the urge to urinate
  • cleanse the genital area regularly
  • some doctors suggest drinking cranberry juice
  • avoid using feminine hygiene sprays and scented douches
  • wipe front to back to prevent anus bacteria from entering your vagina or urethra

Some woman have urinary tract or bladder infections frequently. Dipsticks that change color when an infection is present are now available without a prescription, UTI Test Kits. These tests can detect about 90 percent of UTIs when used with your morning urine and may be useful for women who have recurrent, frequent infections.