Sometimes when we feel sick, we look for symptoms to figure out what is wrong. If you have a stomached, was it something you ate? If you have a headache, are you stressed? What happens when you urinate and you see bubbles or foam? Surprisingly, that is not uncommon and most of the time it doesn’t mean anything.
What exactly is urine?
We were all potty-trained at some point but have you ever really thought about why we urinate? Urine is the body’s way of getting rid of toxins or other bad things in your body that shouldn’t be there. Urine removes extra water and soluble wastes through the kidneys. If you drink a lot of water, your urine will be a light yellow. Most doctors say that light urine is healthiest because it means that you are drinking the right amount of water to keep your body hydrated.
Common Causes of Bubbles and/or Foam in your Urine
Just because you have bubbles in your urine, that doesn’t mean you should be concerned. One normal cause for bubbles in your urine is mild dehydration. This could occur if it’s summer and you’ve been working outside. When you sweat, your body is getting rid of water so you need to keep drinking water to replenish. Other symptoms of mild dehydration include headache, fatigue and dry mouth. If you think you might be dehydrated, get yourself to a cool spot and immediately drink some water.
People who have diabetes need to drink a lot of water. Kidneys in diabetes patients do not retain water, which causes the patient to constantly urinate. That in turn causes mild dehydration. If you have diabetes, make sure you are drinking water throughout the day.
If you are pregnant, the more your baby grows, the more your kidneys are squished and that is why pregnant women know where every single rest stop is located on a road trip. Also, women you are menstruating will most likely see bubbles in their urine.
Most people don’t think about how their toilet bowl cleanser might react with urine, but that could be a reason why you have bubbles or foam in your urine. To be sure it is not your cleanser, urinate into a sterile beaker (or cup.) If you don’t see bubbles and/or foam, then the cleanser is the culprit. That doesn’t mean you have to stop using your beloved cleanser. Just remember after each time you use it, you might see bubbles or foam form after urination.
When it is Time to Call A Doctor
If you do not have the common causes listed above and bubbles are still appearing when you urinate, then you might have some abnormal causes, which means you might have to call your doctor.
If you have abnormal amounts of protein in the urine, this condition is called Proteinuria. This could possibly be a sign of kidney disease. If you are getting cramps or pain in your lower back, this could be a sign of kidney disease. Your doctor will order some blood work to figure out if there is a problem with your kidneys.
If you have a fever, feel a frequent need to urinate, feel pain upon urination and/or have abdominal aches, these all could be symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI.) A UTI is when bacteria is found in the bladder and the bacteria is not found before if moves to the kidneys. If you think you might have a UTI (which is more common in women), see your doctor to get a prescription because most UTIs will not go away on its own.
Vesicocolic Fistula is another abnormal cause of bubbles and/or foam in your urine. This is when there is an abnormal connection between the colon and the bladder and swelling forms on the bladder. This infection is more prevalent in men. Like a UTI, see your doctor to get a prescription.
Don’t Be Shy About Your Urine
Most people do feel uncomfortable talking about their urine. However, it’s a part of life and odds are at one point in your life, you are going to have some type of bladder or urine infection. Always err on the side of caution and see your Doctor if you have any questions.