Causes of Abnormal Smell (Odor) or Color of Your Urine (Pee)

Smelly urine have you in search of its cause? Abnormal smell and/or color of your urine can be caused by an array of factors. Urine excreted by an otherwise hydrated healthy person does not usually have a strong smelly odor and its appearance is straw-like in color.

Some foods, vitamin supplements and medications may cause smelly or color change in your urine, for example, asparagus causes an abnormal urine odor.

Your pee odor or color changes may be only temporary, so don’t automatically assume it is a sign of a disease, condition, or infection.

Abnormal Urine Smell (Odor)

  • Foul smelling urine may be caused by bacteria, a common sign of a urinary tract or bladder infection.
  • Sweet smelling urine is a sign of diabetes or a rare disease of metabolism.
  • Musty smelling urine may be a sign of liver disease and certain metabolic disorders.
  • Ammonia smell is a concentrated urine due to dehydration.
  • Burned caramel smell is a sign of a very rare life-threatening inherited maple syrup urine disease.
  • Certain foods and medicines, including vitamins, may affect your urine’s odor ~ asparagus causes a characteristic odor.

Abnormal Urine Color

Any changes in odor and/or color of urine (pee) for more than a of couple days, or is repetitive (comes and goes), should be discussed with your doctor to track down the cause of this smelly change.