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What does it mean if my pee smells strong?

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Urine doesn’t usually have a strong smell. But some foods -- especially asparagus, which has a smelly sulfur compound -- can change the odor. So can vitamin B-6 supplements. When you’re dehydrated and your pee gets very concentrated, it can smell like ammonia. If you catch a whiff of something really strong before you flush, it might also be a sign of a UTI, diabetes, a bladder infection, or metabolic diseases. Go to the doctor.

From: The Truth About Urine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Biology, Miller-Levine, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Aycock, R., January 2012. Southern Medical Journal,

Cleveland Clinic, “What the Color of Your Urine Says About You.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Changes in Urine.”

Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, “Proteinuria.”

New York Times, Asparagus, Revisited, June 2014.

Cleveland Clinic, “Frequent Urination.”

Urology Care Foundation, “Overactive Bladder.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Biology, Miller-Levine, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Aycock, R., January 2012. Southern Medical Journal,

Cleveland Clinic, “What the Color of Your Urine Says About You.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Changes in Urine.”

Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, “Proteinuria.”

New York Times, Asparagus, Revisited, June 2014.

Cleveland Clinic, “Frequent Urination.”

Urology Care Foundation, “Overactive Bladder.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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