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My urine smells like rice and at times it's cloudy. Is this normal?

By Anonymous June 13, 2012 - 3:00pm
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It comes and goes but it's a pretty strong smell when it happens. I have no burning or itching or any discomfort but I,m still concerned. Please help!

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Hello Anonymous,

The appearance and smell of your urine, as well as how frequently you urinate, tells you what is happening in your body.

Urine that has a strong odor and is cloudy indicates a urinary tract infection.
Urinary tract infections don't always cause symptoms. But when they do, symptoms can include:
1) urine that appears cloudy
2) strong-smelling urine
3) a strong, persistent urge to urinate
4) a burning sensation when urinating
5) passing frequent, small amounts of urine
6) urine that appears bright pink or cola colored. This is a sign of blood in the urine.
7) pelvic pain in women, rectal pain in men

I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor, who will ask you to give a urine sample that will be tested. Often, the urine sample can be tested in the office with a special dip stick. If you test positive for an infection, a urine culture will follow. This test uses your urine sample to grow bacteria in a lab and determine which particular bacteria is causing your infection. Then, the correct antibiotic will be prescribed.


June 13, 2012 - 4:18pm
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