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Causes and treatment of foamy urine

Posted by mandyf on January 19, 2012

Foamy urine is something that nearly every person will experience intermittently throughout their lifetime, and while some people will not think twice about it, other register great concern over this change. The good news is that foamy urine is almost always nothing to be very concerned about, although there are scenarios it could be an indicator of an underlying health problem. While some people think that foamy urine is caused by nothing more than a reaction to a chemical used in some toilet cleaners, which is a slim possibility in isolated cases, there is a much easier biological answer behind what causes foamy urine.

In almost all cases, foamy urine is caused by nothing more than having too much protein in your system than your body can absorb before you feel the urge to use the restroom. When there is a high concentration of protein present in your urine, the protein reacts with the surrounding air and water as discharged to cause a foamy consistency in the toilet that can in some cases be likened to that on the head on a freshly poured glass of beer.

Foamy urine is not associated with any changes in urine color, painful urination, or urgency. Usually, whatever overabundance of protein is present in the body will be passed within two normally spaced trips to the bathroom and the presence of foamy urine will no longer be an issue. As such, there is no need to panic because of this as your body will self-correct the issue without needing any assistance. If it is something that is troubling to you none-the-less, drinking a couple glasses of water to speed the interval time up between trips to the bathroom is usually a sufficient fix.

If however foamy urine is a persistent issue and there is no dietary reason for it to be so prevalent,  then there could be another cause which is related to an underlying medical issue. Persistent foamy urine could indicate a problem with your gallbladder or kidneys, and if that is the case then you are best advised to seek the care of a doctor for testing and instructions on continuing care. If however your diet is rich in high protein foods like certain beans, fish, meat, and poultry, that is usually the reason you are experience issues with foamy urine and there is little need for concern.


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