Why is My Urine Cloudy?

Q:

Last night my girlfriend was brushing her hair in the bathroom when I went to pee. Before I flush, my girlfriend looked at the water and she said how come your urine looks cloudy? I took a look, and found she’s right. It was kind of foamy. I was a bit scared and I had quite some water. This morning when I pee again, it looks almost the same foamy. I guess there’s something wrong with me. What shall I do? I’m a bit scared.

A:

When people describe urine as cloudy, or foamy, or turbid, or milky, it basically means the urine isn’t in a clear and straw-yellow color. Sometimes the cloudy or foamy urine is caused by mild dehydration, and the symptom will go away rapidly. However in your case, it might be some other causes.

Sperm or vaginal discharge can mix with urine and give it a cloudy appearance.

Blood in urine – When the amount of blood is microscopic, it may not show bright red or dark red but rather it may appear as cloudy urine. Even with microscopic blood in urine, the urine may appear slightly cloudy red or cloudy brown.

A urinary tract infection – a UTI, including a bladder infection can cause cloudy urine. The urinary tract infection may be accompanied with burning or painful urination.

Kidney stones may cause cloudy urine. They can cause pus in the urine, which gives your pee that milky or cloudy look. If you have kidney stones, the pain of the stones may lead you to see a doctor more quickly than the cloudy urine. Some people have described passing a kidney stone as the worst pain they’ve ever experienced.

Gonorrhea may cause cloudy urine, but this is more likely a vaginal discharge that creates the appearance of cloudy urine. Keep in mind that Gonorrhea is a curable sexually transmitted disease.

Some diseases, such as diabetes, preeclampsia and heart disease, affect other body systems in addition to the urinary tract and may cause your pee to appear cloudy.

If the symptom continues for more than 3 days, or along with discomfort, you may want to visit a doctor. A few simple tests will help to find out the cause.

 

 

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.