What causes cloudy urine? (9 Causes of Cloud Urine)

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Cloudy Urine – What causes cloudy urine? In this article, we list down below the different causes of cloudy urine.

What is a Cloudy Urine?cloudy urine

Your pee or urine looks cloudy instead of the usual clear urine. Seeing your urine like this can be worrisome especially if you are experiencing/seeing it for the first time. So, what causes cloudy urine? Was it something you drank or ate? Unfortunately, no. Urine like that is a signal that there is something wrong inside your body. It can be due to an infection or other issues in the urinary tract.

What Causes a Cloudy Urine?

There are various reasons why your pee is not clear. Here are some causes:

  1. You are Dehydrated

Have you been drinking enough water lately? If not, cloudy urine (and sometimes dark) might be due to dehydration. Children and senior citizens are more likely to be easily dehydrated compared to regular adults.

In addition, being sick or having some sort of illness is another factor that can easily cause dehydration. Other than having cloudy urine, dehydration can sometimes cause the following common symptoms: dizziness, fatigue, dry eyes, less frequent urination, dark yellow or orange urine, confusion or difficulty concentrating, dry mouth and a feeling of intense thirst.

Serious symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Disorientation
  • a loss of consciousness
  • Bloody or black stools

It is important to always drink water! Immediately seek medical care for serious dehydration.

  1. You have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Having a cloudy urine is also present for people suffering from a Urinary Tract Infection. Females are more prone to be infected with the UTI. It can happen to anybody! Checking whether your pee is cloudy or milky is one way to determine you have UTI. The cloudiness of your pee may come from the discharge of pus or blood into the urinary tract, or it may be while blood cells coming from fighting the bad bacteria in your body.

Other common symptoms from having UTI includes:

  • foul-smelling urine
  • more frequently needing to pee
  • burning pain while urinating
  • pain in the pelvis, lower abdomen, or lower back
  • trouble urinating large amounts or emptying the bladder

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If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s always best to seek medical help from your doctor. Have it treated before it gets worse!

  1. You have a Kidney Infection

If you have been having a urinary tract infection and leaving it untreated, will eventually start infecting your kidneys and will get even worse if still left untreated. Kidney infections have common/similar symptoms as having a Urinary tract infection. These common symptoms include having dark, bloody, intensely foul-smelling, or cloudy urine.

Additional symptoms of a kidney infection include having fever, chills, getting cramps, in a fatigued state, pain in multiple areas of the body such as on the back, the side, or groin.

Get in touch with your doctor immediately when these symptoms occur. If left untreated, it would result to having permanent kidney damage.

  1. Having STI or Sexually Transmitted Infection

Sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea and chlamydia are another reason that causes cloudy urine. Having gonorrhea or chlamydia will trigger your white blood cells to fight back against such infection, and as a result, it may mix in your pee, showing it as cloudy.

Other signs/symptoms to look out for to identify whether you have STI or not:

  • getting unusual discharge for both men and women;
  • Experiencing pain during or after sexual intercourse; and
  • Burning sensation or pain while peeing or ejaculation.

It is recommended to regularly be tested for sexually transmitted infection to be able to immediately get treated.

  1. Having Inflammation in the Vulva & Vagina

This is called a vulvovaginits. For women, this can cause cloudy urine. The reason for inflammation is because of bacterial infections in the vulva and vagina. Viruses or fungi, or from certain ingredients from your soap or feminine wash, detergents, or other similar products, can be the cause of this infection.

Signs/Symptoms of Vulvovaginitis:

  • Feeling itch around the Vulva
  • Unusually smelly around the vulva, or getting a fishy scent especially after sexual intercourse
  • Getting Pale, thin, or watery discharge
  • Cottage cheese-color-like discharge
  • Feeling pain when urinating

Check with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms or something similar and to have it treated before it gets worse.

  1. Inflammation of Prostate

Prostatitis may cause cloudy urine. It typically appears due to having an infection in the prostate. Prostatitis symptoms/signs include feeling pain during ejaculation, feeling a painful burning sensation while peeing, abnormally frequent need to pee, abdominal pain, and experiencing pain in the lower pelvis, genitals, or even in the perineum.

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  1. Having Kidney Stones

Suffering from kidney stones can also cause cloudy urine. Kidney stones are unfortunately developed from a buildup of certain minerals in the body. There are small stones up to larger stones. Small stones may not immediately negatively have an impact, but the larger stones can dangerously block your urinary tract, making it difficult to pee and causes a cloudy urine.

Signs/Symptoms you have Kidney Stones:

  • Painful below the ribs area or near the side or lowerback.
  • There may also be pain coming from the groin area up to the loweback or lower abdomen.
  • Experiencing fever, chills, pain from urinating.
  • Color of urine is brown, red, or may have pink streaks
  • Unusually smelly urine

If you think you may have kidney stones, it’s always better to be sure. Go to your doctor and have it checked!


  1. Too much Vitamin D or Phosphorus in your Diet

A change in your diet may also affect the appearance of your pee – cloudy urine. Consuming crazy amounts of vitamin D or phosphorus may affect your pee’s appearance and make it look cloudy. The kidney does not take it all in therefore it filters out the excess.

Foods that may contain higher amounts of phosphorus are usually protein-rich types of food.

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  1. Diabetes or Diabetic Kidney Damage

These may affect your pee – cloudy urine. Excess sugar from your body will be sent down for you to urinate.

Common Signs/Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Still feeling extremely thirsty even after drinking
  • Experiencing Fatigue
  • Unexpected weightloss
  • Needs to pee more frequently than normal
  • Wounds take longer to heal, even small ones

Diabetes may unfortunately lead to kidney failure. Check with your doctor when the abovementioned signs or symptoms are present.


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