Discoloration of Cloudy Urine

Pelvis | Urology | Discoloration of Cloudy Urine (Symptom)


Healthy urine is clear and light yellow in colour. When the urine does not have its characteristic clear appearance, it is often referred to as cloudy, turbid, or foamy urine. Urine may appear cloudy for a variety of reasons, some of which are not harmful, such as foaming of the urine that occurs temporarily when urinating rapidly. However, when urine is persistently cloudy, hazy or milky, it is generally an abnormal condition and a symptom of an underlying disease, disorder or condition.


Cloudy urine can be caused by a variety of conditions, including vaginal discharge, sexually transmitted diseases, dehydration, certain autoimmune disorders, as well as infection, inflammation, or other conditions of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Cloudy urine can also be caused by diseases that affect other body systems in addition to the urinary tract. These include diabetes, preeclampsia and heart disease.

Cloudy urine may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms can originate in the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra), the reproductive system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, and other organs and systems of the body.

Urinary tract symptoms that can occur with cloudy urine include: abdominal or flank pain (along your abdomen, side or back); abnormal colouring of the urine, such as dark, tea-coloured or bloody or pink-tinged urine; bladder spasms, pain or cramps, which are felt in the lower abdominal area; dribbling urine or incontinence; foul-smelling urine; frequent urination or a decrease in urination; painful urination or burning with urination; urgent urination.