Urine Odor: Overview, Causes & Symptoms
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What causes abnormal urine odor? 5 possible conditions

Urine naturally has an odor, but it is usually not very strong smelling. Strong smelling urine is usually not a cause for concern. Sometimes, however, strong or unusual smelling urine is a sign of an underlying medical problem. Diet and Urine Odor Certain... Read more

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



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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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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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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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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