Cloudy urine has many causes. Some of them are so serious that it is important to understand when you need a medical attention.
The reason why your urine is cloudy is that there are many substances present in the urine. These substances are insoluble, or original soluble but separate out from the urine through crystallization. They are suspend in the urine or deposited at the bottom of the urine (vessel). So, your urine looks cloudy, thick, or milky.
Causes of cloudy urine
In many cases, cloudy urine is a harmless phenomenon which is caused by salts (crystals) that are insoluble in the cooling urine and therefore precipitated (whitish to pinkish cloudy urine).
A cloudy urine can also be a sign of a urine infection (white blood cells, bacteria, fungi, pus in the urine or nitrates in urine– whitish cloudy urine) or be caused by blood in urine (reddish to reddish-brown cloudy urine). Less often cause other cells or fat in the urine. If in doubt, the cause of the cloudy urine must be clarified by the urine test.
Other causes of cloudy urine result from kidney failure, excess uric acid in the blood, kidney damage, bladder cancer, hemolytic anemia, and so on.
Pathological cloudy urine
Pathological cloudy urine means this symptom is caused by a disease or pathogenic factor. It is often sustained or recurrent and needs to be diagnosed by a urologist to prevent certain underlying diseases from advancing.
In most cases, cloudy urine caused by both Inflammation and infection, has a tendency to come and go. This is not only a confusion for most people, but also a strong reason for you to require medical attention for further identification, to make sure that your body is healthy.
The common causes of cloudy urine:
Urinary tract infections are the most common diseases to cause cloudy urine, such as pyelonephritis, kidney tuberculosis, cystitis, urethritis. In this type of cloudy urine due to urinary infection, there are a large number of white blood cells or pus cells, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, fungi or bacteria, epithelial cells in urine.