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Daily Smelly Urine

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: September 1, 2021 7:28 AM
Anonymous 8 months

Hi I am a 28 years old male, BMI normal and it has been a while since I noticed I have a smelly urine and when I urinate together when I was bathing, sometimes the smell will stick to the floor after the bath so I have hard times in removing the smell (by using shampoo to scrub the floor). I have no pain when urinating, urine color is normal and I didn’t eat asparagus or onions particularly much. The urine smell will stick to my underwear until at some points I can smell it through when I was just sitting. I’m not sure if there is any problem with it because smell sometimes can be very subjective. I notice there are times my sweat is smell a bit like urine, is it something I should be worried about? May I know what kind of action can I do to make sure I have no underlying disease even the urine smell does not really affect my life? Or was there something I missed noticing all this while? Thanks :slight_smile:

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 8 months
General Practitioner

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch with us.

We can tell that you are very concerned about your own wellbeing- but please do not worry, we will try our absolute best to help.

Based on our understanding, you have a few concerns:

  • Strong smelling urine
    According to your description, the foul-smell can sometimes be significant, which leads to diagnoses such as urinary tract infection (UTI) or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
    UTI usually presents with pain during urination, cloudy urine, and fever. Occasionally there can be blood in the urine too. However, UTI is more common in females due to anatomical predisposition, and you did not report having fever and other abnormalities in the urine - therefore, UTI is unlikely.
    STI, as its name implies, is spread through sexual intercourse, and includes many different bacterial infection such as gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, and others. Usually, there would be foul-smelling urethral discharge and lower abdominal pain, which may or may not be associated with genital lesions. Unless we obtain a thorough sexual history, we are unable to confidently say whether STI is a possibility.
    Sometimes, strong-smelling urine can be due to simple factors such as low water intake or dehydration. Also, intake of certain foods such as asparagus, onions (both of which you did not eat), coffee, alcohol, and even Brussels Sprouts can make your urine smell different.

  • Sweat smelling like urine
    Sweat and urine have similar chemical compositions, whereby the main components include water (90-95%) and urea (2%). Therefore it is not abnormal for sweat to smell like urine!

To conclude, your condition is not too big of a worry. If you notice development of any other symptoms listed above, or if your daily life is significantly affected, then we would suggest you get an online consultation with our urologist for further advice.

We hope our answer has been helpful. Thank you!

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Last Updated: Wed Sep 01 2021 07:28:58 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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