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What causes abnormal urine odor? 5 possible conditions

Urine naturally has an odor that is unique to everyone. Urine doesn’t usually have a strong odor. You may notice that your urine occasionally has a stronger smell than it normally does. This isn’t always a cause for concern. Sometimes strong or unusual... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Dehydration

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Dehydration takes place when your body loses more fluid than you drink. The most common cause of water loss from the body is excessive sweating.

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2

Bladder Infection

A bladder infection is a bacterial infection. It also may be called a urinary tract infection (UTI), which refers to infection anywhere in the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra.

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3

Urinary Tract Infection

UTIs are usually caused by bacteria and can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Symptoms of upper UTIs include pain in the upper back, chills, fever, and nausea.

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4

Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)

Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a metabolic disorder in which your body can't break down certain amino acids. Read more on how to treat this rare disease.

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5

Phenylketonuria

Find information on phenylketonuria causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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