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Is Foamy Urine Normal?

Is Foamy Urine Normal?

Is foamy urine normal, or does it indicate an underlying health condition? Should you be worried? All your questions will be answered in this HealthHearty article.
Shalu Bhatti
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
Do you see a lot of foam in your urine these days? Is there a clear formation of bubbles? It can be due to various reasons. While some reasons can be as silly as the presence of detergent in your toilet bowl, there can be some minor reasons behind the same, such as rapid urination, or a reason that may need medical attention such as a kidney disease. Therefore, if you are wondering about the normalcy of the presence of foam in urine, let me tell you: It is normal if it is not often. On the other hand, if you have been experiencing this since quite some time now, then you must also be aware of the possible reasons behind this.
What Causes Foamy Urine?
If you have been holding your urine inside the bladder and releasing it all at once, the pressure and force may result in the formation of bubbles. But yes, if you have not been urinating 'loudly', then there can be some chances of development of an underlying health condition. Mentioned below are the most common causes.
  • Rapid urination
  • Protein in urine, known as proteinuria
  • Kidney diseases
  • Eating too much of protein in the diet
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
When is Foamy Urine Normal?
We all tend to get headaches once in a while, but that doesn't mean we have brain tumor! Similarly, if you find your urine to be foamy once in a while, then it is absolutely normal. I have already mentioned one of the reasons: rapid urination. Some other causes which can come under the 'not-to-worry zone' are:
  • The forceful straining flow of urine can cause bubbles in the water.
  • The presence of even a little semen in the urethra can cause foamy urine in men. Women are less likely to experience this as they have fluid discharge from their vagina. Therefore, urination after sexual stimulation may be a reason.
  • Dehydration can also lead to concentrated urine which may make it appear foamy. Many times, you won't even feel dehydrated, but trust me, if you think that you have not been drinking plenty of fluids and water, then start on that as soon as possible. The foamy appearance should stop.
  • Every time you use the toilet, make sure that you flush it. Many a time, if the toilet is not flushed, foam may appear while urinating.
When is Foamy Urine Not Normal?
Well, if you have constant headache which never goes away, you will be concerned, right? Similarly, if you are not urinating forcefully, you are flushing your toilets regularly, keeping yourself well hydrated, and are still experiencing this problem, then this is definitely something to raise your eyebrows for! The following reasons for this problem may need medical attention.
  • Proteinuria, which is a condition wherein the urine contains abnormal amounts of protein. Ideally, 0 to 8 mg/dL is the acceptable range for a random urine test. However, in case of a 24-hour urine collection, less than 80 mg per 24 hours is considered to be acceptable. The values may vary from one laboratory to another, so it is best to consult with your doctor for the normal range in your specific case.
  • If the urinalysis depicts excess protein, then one reason for the same could be leakage of protein from the kidneys. Get yourself checked immediately if you suspect to have a kidney disease.
  • Foamy urine is one of the symptoms of urinary tract infection. Therefore, seeking medical attention is important.
The bottom line is that if you have seen foam in your urine for the very first time today, there is nothing to be afraid of and you must absolutely not panic at all. However, if it is way too noticeable, or if this has been happening for quite sometime now, then you must get a urinalysis done. The test results will actually be able to tell you the exact cause. Take care.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a replacement for expert medical advice.