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Why is my urine foamy?

Why is my urine foamy?

Foamy urine is often the result of a fast urine stream. However, a range of medical conditions can also have this effect. If a person notices foamy urine frequently, or if it accompanies other symptoms, they should speak to a doctor. In this article, we look at the causes of foamy urine and the treatment […]

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What is a urine specific gravity test?

What is a urine specific gravity test?

A urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine with the density of water. It allows doctors to see the concentration of all particles that are present in the urine. The test involves collecting a urine sample that will help give a doctor an idea of a person’s kidney function and hydration status. What […]

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What to know about bladder polyps

What to know about bladder polyps

Bladder polyps are small, often cauliflower-like growths that protrude from the lining of the urinary bladder where a person stores urine. Typically, polyps are groups of abnormal cells that appear along mucous membranes in the body, though they can appear almost anywhere. Polyps can form in organs and be either harmless or potentially cancerous. Polyps […]

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Why does my urine smell like sulfur?

Why does my urine smell like sulfur?

On some occasions, people may notice that their urine smells like sulfur or rotten eggs. This can sometimes occur as a result of eating specific foods or taking certain medications, in which case the smell should be temporary. At other times, an underlying condition may be causing the sulfuric smell in the urine. There are […]

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What causes hydronephrosis?

What causes hydronephrosis?

Hydronephrosis is a condition that puts pressure on the kidneys and can lead to them becoming damaged. Often, something inside or outside of the urinary tract that blocks the urine flow out of the kidneys causes hydronephrosis. Blockages in the urinary tract that can lead to hydronephrosis include kidney stones or an enlarged prostate. A […]

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What to expect with bladder removal surgery

What to expect with bladder removal surgery

Bladder removal surgery, also called cystectomy, is the removal of the urinary bladder. After this surgery, a doctor must create a new pathway for urine to leave the body. A person should prepare fully before going into bladder removal surgery, including having an understanding of how their life will be different afterward. Preparation can help […]

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What is pyuria?

What is pyuria?

Pyuria is a urinary condition that is characterized by an elevated number of white blood cells in the urine. Doctors define a high number as at least 10 white blood cells per cubic millimeter (mm3) of centrifuged urine. Pyuria can cause the urine to look cloudy or as if it contains pus. The presence of […]

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Why does my urine smell like popcorn?

Why does my urine smell like popcorn?

Urine may smell like popcorn for several different reasons, most of which are no cause for concern. The common causes of a popcorn smell include diabetes, pregnancy, and a diet high in protein. This article will discuss some of the reasons a person’s urine may smell like popcorn and explain when to see a doctor […]

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High-potassium foods to avoid with kidney disease

High-potassium foods to avoid with kidney disease

People with chronic kidney disease need to limit the amount of potassium they consume because their kidneys cannot process potassium properly, causing it to build up in the blood. Medications used to treat kidney disease can also raise potassium levels. One the best ways to manage potassium levels is by making dietary changes. This may […]

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Why does my urine feel hot?

Why does my urine feel hot?

Urine can feel hot for two reasons — either because the temperature of the urine is warmer than usual, or because urinating causes a burning sensation. Both symptoms point to a possible infection, so it is important to seek medical care, especially if there are other symptoms as well. In this article, we look at […]