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What does strong odour in urine of an elderly person suggest?

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Dr. Saumya Mittal

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Posted on Wed, 7 Sep 2016 in General Health
Question: I am female, 80 years old, reasonably healthy for my age. For the past year my urine has had a strong smell. Usually "fish", but sometimes like an "outhouse". I take several prescribed meds, plus over the counter vitamins etc. Could one of the meds suddenly cause this or maybe a food? No diabetes; blood pressure and cholesterol controlled by medication bymedicationhttp://www.healthcaremagic.com/web/images/ui/consultNew.png
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 24 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Sounds like urine infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I am Dr Mittal.
I have read your query.
The symptoms of the query are quite suggestive of a possible urine infection.
You need to test a urine routine and culture (with sensitivity).
Let us know the reports.
Best of luck
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 3 hours later
I should have mentioned that this problem began when I started taking Simivastin daily. It that possibly the cause?
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Quite unlikely

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your response.
I don't think that it's the cause of the symptoms.
It's not usually known.
There's only 1 way to test your problem.
To reduce the dose of medicines and see.
This will however need you to meet the prescribing doctor.
I still feel that you should get the tests.
Best of luck. Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 24 minutes later
Will see my primary care physician in October for annual check up, discuss the issue and ask for urine culture. No fever or other UTI symptoms, so do not feel the need for earlier appointment. Agree?
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:
best of luck

Detailed Answer:
Urine infection does not always come with fever or burning urine.
As for the appointment, you are the best judge how bothersome your symptoms are- you can decide accordingly.
best of luck
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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