Cloudy urine can be an indication that something is not right in the urinary tract. different medical conditions can be the reason for a cloudy urine, ranging from a harmless to severe conditions. Cloudy urine can be caused by:
and other chronic diseases
In some cases, cloudy urine can be a sign of serious medical problem while other may not indicate a medical emergency. we will some causes of cloudy urine in this article with focus on infection. Keep reading to learn more about the common causes of cloudy urine in both men and women
Some of the common causes of Cloudy Urine
when you lose more water than you take in, it leads to dehydration which causes dark and cloudy urine. It’s very common in children, older adults, and people with chronic diseases, but it can happen to anyone. Even healthy adults can experience mild dehydration in the morning or after vigorous exercise.
Your body will hold on to as much water as it can when you are dehydrated which means that your urine will be highly concentrated and appear darker than usual.
other symptoms that comes with dehydration may include:
- Very dark or cloudy urine
- extreme thirst
- infrequent urination in babies, dry diapers
- dry mouth
Urinary tract infection
One of the common cause of cloudy urine is urinary tract infections (UTIs). this infections occurs anywhere along the urinary tract. They can affect the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. It is more common in women than in men, because women have a shorter urethra that is more easily contaminated by vaginal and fecal bacteria.
White blood cells sent from the body to fight the excess bacteria are excreted mix with urine making it appear cloudy or milky.
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Other symptoms of UTIs include:
- a strong or constant need to urinate
- urine that appears cloudy, milky, red, pink, or brown
- foul-smelling urine
- a burning sensation while urinating
- low or mid back ache
- feeling the need to urinate, but urinating small amounts
- pelvic pain in women
when you leave UTI untreated, it can lead to:
- kidney damage
- ongoing infections
- pregnancy complications
- sepsis (a life-threatening blood stream infection)
Cloudy urine is sometimes caused by a type of vaginitis. Vaginitis is an infection of the vagina and includes:
- bacterial vaginosis
- yeast infection
Bacterial vaginosis and other infections happen when there is over growth in certain bacteria, fungi, or other organisms.
A healthy vagina normally maintains a delicate balance of good bacteria. Under certain circumstances, however, this balance is lost and it leads to the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria and a change in vaginal chemistry known as bacterial vaginosis. Vaginitis causes cloudy urine when white blood cells or discharge mixes with your urine.
Other signs of vaginitis include:
- itching, pain, or burning in or around the vagina
- abnormal watery discharge
- foul-smelling discharge
- a fish-like odor that worsens after sex
- yellow, green, grey, or cottage cheese-like discharge
- burning while urinating
if you fail to treat vaginitis, it may increase your risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
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Sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact.
Many common STIs, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, have few symptoms. As with other infections (vaginitis and UTIs), white blood cells respond to the site of the infection. These white blood cells can mix with urine, creating a cloudy appearance.
STIs can also cause abnormal vaginal or penile discharge. As urine exits the urethra, it can mix with discharge and become cloudy.
Other possible symptoms of an STI include
- genital itching
- burning during urination
- rash, blisters, or warts
- genital pain
- pelvic pain in women
- pain during or after sex
There are many possible reasons why your urine could look cloudy. Some could be harmless, in most cases harmful and requires prompt attention. untreated infection is a popular cause of infertility in both women and men. it can also lead to serious pelvic infection and pregnancy complication. In men, Infections can severely affect the prostate and other organs of the reproductive tract.
Experiencing any of the above symptoms? if Yes, pay attention to treating such Infection without delay.
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