A ‘foamy’ urine may be displeasing. But when does foamy urine happen? How often? Does it happen in night time or day? Is it linked to any ailment or disease? Is it abnormal?
This post will educate you a lot about foamy urine, so start jotting it down.
Here you go.
There are many causes which contribute to bubbles in urine. At times, in some cases, it’s so harmless that they pass on its own. But there are some cases which call for medical intervention.
Bubbles in urine or foamy urine is normal. Unless you see any changes or experience other set of symptoms, foamy urine is not something to lose your sleep on.
Normal Foamy Urine
You will let a sigh of relief when you read this:
Rapid Urination: Passing urine frequently or forcing it to come out is responsible for the foamy urine. That’s because, air gets introduced into the urine stream, leading to formation of bubbles. In such a case, the bubble or foam disappears within a few minutes.
Concentrated Urine: If you have mild dehydration, then your urine will appear bubbly. That’s because it becomes more concentrated in nature. You just need to drink more fluids to get relief.
Toilet Cleaner: At times, urine reacts with toilet cleaner, resulting in bubbles. To test or confirm the situation (whether it’s ‘positive’ or ‘negative’) urinate in a separate container (which has not been treated with the toilet leaner) and watch for bubbles.
Semen in Urine: After sexual intercourse, some amount of semen is left in the male urethra (which carries semen and urine). Now this small amount won’t cause bubbly urine, unless the bladder sphincter (muscles which are used to control the exit of urine in the urinary bladder) malfunctions, which causes the semen to go back into the bladder. In such a case, urine will appear bubbly.
Dehydration: When you deprive your body of adequate water, it can lead to foamy urine.
Stress: Don’t be bogged down with stressful situations at work, home or elsewhere. It will most probably reflect in foamy urine.
Abnormal Foamy Urine
This one is a cause of concern….
Proteinuria: This happens when proteins get released in the urine, not in small but in high amounts. This makes the urine appear bubbly. Proteinuria is a sign of a looming kidney problem. But why? Because the kidneys are not filtering urine properly (in the way they should). As a result of which, they release excess of protein.
Pregnancy: Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition (complication to be precise) which leads to the following problems – proteinuria, swollen legs, high BP, and headaches. It can be fatal for both mother and foetus.
Urinary Tract Infection: A common ailment in ladies, in particular, urinary tract infection (UTI) happens when bacteria enter into any part of the urinary tract system. You not only experience pain in the case of UTI, you also get frequent urge to pass urine and burning sensation while urinating.
Vesicocolic Fistula: You know what ‘fistula’ is? An abnormal connection which, in this case, develops between the urinary bladder and the colon. This makes gas, air, and bacteria to travel into the bladder. Apart from bubbly urine, a person with vesicocolic fistula will have frequent infection.
Kidney Problem: Foamy urine can be a sign of kidney problems cropping up from kidney stones or diabetes. Simple urine test will confirm whether you have kidney disease.
Diabetes: Another cause of bubbly or foamy urine.
Heart (cardiovascular) disease: Ditto as mentioned above in the point on diabetes.
Scary situation, na? It is always best to be aware of necessary precautions (to be on the safer side)…so do know the Dos and Dont’s.
Prevention or Precautions or Tips
- Limit your salt intake. Excess of Salt can turn out to be your enemy.
- Drink water (plenty of water) but PLEASE AVOID soda. Alcoholics, this tip is for you. Also, minimise your alcohol consumption.
- Maintaining Healthy weight is a must. Are you overweight or obese? Then, you need to lose weight ASAP.
- Cut down on stress levels. It’s not going to get you anywhere, except land you in a severe health problem.
- Substitute red meats with lean meats. That’s because, red meats are harder to break down.
- Exercise regularly. Fitness efforts will always take your body in the right direction.
- Take low-sodium foods so that you can avoid canned veggies, processed meat, snacks like nuts, BBQ etc.
- Reduce your protein intake. Foamy urine signifies protein in the urine. And excess of protein means your kidneys will have to work double time (in short – harder than ever before) to discharge protein waste from your body. Think twice before eating foods rich in proteins like fish, chicken.
- Avoid sitting down on public toilets (this one is for the ladies more as much as men) as much as you can. If you have to sit down, then do make sure that the toilet seat has been properly disinfected before using it.
- Avoid washing your intimate areas with force. Such actions, if done so, destroy and hamper the natural flora of the private parts and leave the genital area exposed to excessive growth of bacteria.
When to Consult Doctor?
It is advisable to reach out to your health care provider when you notice cloudy or murky color of your urine for several days (despite the home remedies you have practiced to undo the foaminess of urine).
It’s wise not to ignore medical problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or kidney problems. After all, they won’t go away on their own so easily and need medical attention. A proper ‘urinalysis’ taken at a professional medical lab or doctor’s office can help diagnose potential medical conditions accurately.
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