There are many
different causes of cloudy urine, including
infections and conditions of the urinary tract as well as other
health problems elsewhere in the body. Cloudy urine is not a
disease, it is a symptom, so the most important thing is to find the
underlying cause of the cloudy urine. Your kidneys remove
material from your blood, and then use water to rinse the waste from
the body. In normal situations, this waste material is
water-soluble and in low enough concentrations that urine does not
Before we begin
talking about the
causes of cloudy water, letīs talk about the appearance of normal
urine. Urine should have a light yellow or straw color, but
the urine is in a clear container, you should be able to see clearly
through it similar to if you were looking through a glass of water.
Any obscurement is considered abnormal. The color
urine should be light. Dark, but clear, urine usually
dehydration, but can be an indication of another medical condition.
Finally, if your urine appears cloudy in the toilet, there is
the possibility that a cleaning chemical, or in females, a vaginal
may be causing the cloudy appearance in the toilet. A cloudy
appearance to urine should be verified by urinating in a clean, clear
are a few situations where cloudy
urine does not indicate a medical condition, the most usual of these is
when semen is found in urine. Shortly after ejaculation,
and other glandular secretions involved in reproduction can remain
remain in the urinary tract of men. These fluids are then
with the first urination which can produce a cloudy appearance.
In females, vaginal discharges can also sometimes make their
into urine samples, which can cloud the appearance.
most common cause of cloudy urine is an infection or inflammation of
the urinary tract. The best example of this is the common
tract infection caused by bacteria. The bacteria enters the
from the outside and attempts to grow back the urinary tract to the
kidneys. The process of urination, along with the bodies
system inhibit itīs growth. The bacteria, itīs waste
products, along with chemicals used by the immune system to fight the
bacteria all are rinsed from the body during urination and will cause
cloudy urine. In most situation other symptoms of a UTI might
include painful urination, an itching feeling, or frequent urination.
Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics.
the infection reaches the bladder, it can cause the bladder to become
infected (referred to as cystitis). This is slightly more
and can cause difficulty urinating, which can lead to other health
problems. Finally, if the bacterial infection reaches all the
to the kidneys, this can pose serious health concerns. A
infection is usually very painful and can result in bloody and severely
cloudy urine. This condition is extremely serious as it can
to permanent kidney damage.
from common urinary tract infections, many sexually transmitted
diseases will also cause cloudy urine. Gonorrhea and Trich
a severe immunological response from the body and urine will quickly
become clouded by molecules used and waste material from this battle.
Untreated STDs can cause major health issues including
infertility, which is one of the reasons why cloudy urine should be
taken seriously as a first symptom.
|Kidney stones are also another major cause of cloudy urine.
form in the kidneys and are then washed down the urinary tract.
crystals have sharp edges that tear the walls of the urinary tract.
your body attempts to repair this damage, different materials
their way into the urinary tract, which are then rinsed away with urine
and produce cloudy urine. Urine from a person with kidney
also usually have a reddish tint to it along with being cloudy.. this
is because blood has entered the urinary tract. Kidney stones
very intense pain, which is usually the first sign.
Cloudy urine can also be an early symptom of a major health situation
including heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure. Each of
these conditions results in excess proteins accumulating in the kidneys
which are then removed by urine.
Reviewed: Peter Sedesse, MD