Foamy Urine Causes
Some Causes Of Foamy Urine
It can be helpful to know some of the causes of foamy urine, since foamy urine is a somewhat abnormal condition. Somewhat abnormal simply means that urine normally is not foamy, but instances of it being foamy are really quite common. While in some instances the causes of foamy urine can be due to a serious disorder or to disease, most often the foam is due to something we ate or drank and should be of little concern.
Most normal people don't obsess over the appearance of their urine, as it tends to look about the same every day. When there are changes, the changes are usually either in color or odor, or both. Most of the time our urine is quite clear, though it may be a bit yellowish. The most common change we're apt to note is its turning more yellowish and at times turning to an almost deep brownish-yellow color. That usually means it is very concentrated, usually a sign of dehydration. After an adequate intake of liquids the color usually returns to normal. Red in the urine often means the presence of blood, sometimes a serious matter, though not always. Red can also mean one had a good helping of beets for dinner.
The odor of urine can vary as well. Normally it's nearly odorless, but sometimes the odor is stronger and at times urine can just plain stink. The culprit may be the food we've been eating, asparagus being famous for causing foul smelling urine, or it could be a symptom of a kidney infection or a urinary tract problem, where the odor is caused by bacteria.
Three Primary Causes - As far as causes of foamy urine are concerned, the leading ones are (1) an excess of protein in the urine, called proteinuria, (2) a urinary tract infection, or (3) rapid urination. The least common of these is a urinary tract infection (UTI), which may also make the urine appear cloudy and may cause a burning sensation when urinating.
As far as excess protein in the urine is concerned, it may just be due to a diet of high protein foods, chicken being a prime example. About the only time there might be a concern about excessive levels of protein causing foamy urine would be if there were a problem in the kidneys such that protein levels in the body were not being regulated as they should be.
Rapid urination most often happens first thing in the morning if one had been drinking a fairly large amount of liquid just before bedtime. Rapid urination tends to aerate the urine, just as a waterfall aerates the water, creating foam at the base, plus the force with which the urine hits the water or toilet bowl can also create foam. As is the case with color changes due to dehydration, drinking lots of water in the case of foamy urine can often return things to normal.
Don't Worry, But Do Observe - Like so many other abnormalities we experience in our bodies, the underlying causes in most instances need not be of particular concern, and causes of foamy urine are no exception. An occasion episode of foamy urine is almost always food related, or due to rapid urination. One should check for other symptoms, including changes in color, odor, or a burning or itching sensation. Certainly, if the condition persists, or appears to be becoming chronic, medical advice should be sought. When one considers the fact that urine is largely made up mostly of toxic elements our body needs to eliminate, it's a wonder that we don't observe many more changes and abnormalities than we actually do.