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Why does my urine have an ammonia smell?

05/23/2007

Question:

I have noticed my urine has an ammonia smell. I also have some discharge. I wear a pantiliner everyday for the discharge. I notice the discharge is a yellow color and the odor accompanies. Please let me know any information you have on this.

Answer:

It sounds like you may have either urinary tract or vaginal infection. Discharge from the vagina needs to be addressed to an OBGYN but for UTI you should see a urologist or family doctor. The fact that you don't have very many symptoms, such as pain, frequency of urination and burning during urination makes me think you may have female problems.

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Response by:

Ahmad  Hamidinia, MD Ahmad Hamidinia, MD
Formerly, Professor of Clinical Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati