Most changes in urine color and odor are temporary and can be attributed to certain foods, vitamins, and medicines. But sometimes smelly or discolored urine can indicate an underlying medical condition. Many people don’t pay attention to the color or smell of their urine unless they notice a sudden change. Because urine is primarily made… Continue reading What Do the Color and Smell of Your Urine Tell You?
What Causes Cloudy Urine in Women and Men?
Cloudy urine can be caused by many different medical conditions, ranging from relatively benign to severe. These conditions can include dehydration, a urinary tract infection, sexually transmitted infections, kidney stones, diabetes, and others. Sometimes cloudy urine indicates an increase in protein, crystalline substances, blood, pus, or other chemicals in your urine. Medical professionals use other… Continue reading What Causes Cloudy Urine in Women and Men?
What Causes Blood in Urine (Hematuria)?
Blood in your urine can be a sign of various medical conditions, in particular those affecting the kidneys, bladder, urinary tract, or prostate. It’s natural to feel concerned if you notice blood in your urine. Visible blood in your urine is known as gross hematuria. Blood in your urine that can’t be seen and can… Continue reading What Causes Blood in Urine (Hematuria)?
What Does Burning or Painful Urination (Dysuria) Mean?
A painful or burning sensation while urinating can be caused by a number of medical conditions, ranging from mild to serious. Painful urination is known as dysuria. Pain while urinating is typically felt in the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the bladder, or in the area around the genitals. (1) The most… Continue reading What Does Burning or Painful Urination (Dysuria) Mean?
Protein in Urine: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
Protein is one of the major building blocks of the body. Your body needs protein to build muscles and bones, keep fluids circulating, and fight infection. But protein in urine can sometimes be a sign of poor kidney function or other medical conditions. When blood moves through the kidneys, they filter out waste products and… Continue reading Protein in Urine: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
Urinalysis: Purposes, Types, Results
A urinalysis, or urine test, is a common medical test in which the urine is examined to diagnose and monitor various illnesses. During a urinalysis, a clean urine sample is collected into a specimen cup and analyzed with a visual exam, a dipstick test, and a microscopic exam. The presence of cells, bacteria, and other… Continue reading Urinalysis: Purposes, Types, Results
Ketones in Urine: When and Why to Test for Them and What They Mean
Your body typically uses glucose, or sugar, as its main source of energy. When cells don’t get the glucose they need, the body begins to use fat instead. Burning fat produces ketones, a type of acid that ends up in your blood and urine that can make you very sick. Doctors regularly test for ketones… Continue reading Ketones in Urine: When and Why to Test for Them and What They Mean
Urine Changes to Expect During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, many of the body’s functions change, including urination. Changes in urine can tell you whether you’re pregnant and alert you to health issues during pregnancy. Monitoring changes in your urine, reporting these changes to your doctor, and getting appropriate urinalysis tests can help keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. How Changes… Continue reading Urine Changes to Expect During Pregnancy
Frequent Urination: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
The frequent need to urinate is typically unpleasant, and sometimes it’s even a sign of a serious medical issue. Frequent urination may interfere with your work, hobbies, sleep, and mood, so it’s important to talk with your doctor if you have concerns about how often and how much you urinate. Most people can sleep through… Continue reading Frequent Urination: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment