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What causes foul odour in urine?

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Dr. Scott Rebich

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Posted on Thu, 3 Nov 2016 in General Health
Question: Why would your urine have a foul odor? Not sweet smelling just pungent smelling.
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Answered by Dr. Scott Rebich 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Infections, metabolic, endocrine, electrolyte, or metabolic disease

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

Foul smelling odor is usually a sign of a metabolic, endocrine, or electrolyte problem. I would highly recommend seeing your doctor to get a urinalysis, as well as routine screening bloodwork to rule out any electrolyte, metabolic, endocrine disease.

Foul smelling urine can also be caused by infections. Infections are usually associated with itching, burning, in discharge. However, many infections can also be asymptomatic which means they could have no symptoms of discharge or pain.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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