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
- Cloudy, murky, turbid, muddy or rusty urine is characteristic of a urinary tract infection or bladder infection, which may also have an offensive smell.
- Murky urine may be caused by bacteria, mucus, white blood cells or red blood cells, epithelial cells, fat, or phosphates.
- Dark brown or clear urine may indicate a liver disorder such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis.
- Rusty to deep red urine ~ hematuria, rhabdomyolysis causes.
- Pink, red, or smoky brown urine may be caused by a medication or consuming beets, blackberries or certain food colorings.
- Pink, red, or smoky brown urine is also signs of a urinary tract disorder such as cystitis, enlarged prostate, kidney cancer, bladder tumor, tuberculosis, kidney stones, kidney infection, or a trauma to your kidneys or urinary tract.
- Dark yellow or orange urine can be caused by laxatives or B complex vitamins or carotene or pancreatic cancer.
- Orange urine is often caused by pyridium, rifampin, and warfarin.
- Green or blue urine is due to the effect of artificial color in food or drug, and medications including amitriptyline, indomethacin, and doxorubicin.
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.