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What Does Bubbles in Your Urine Mean

What Does Bubbles in Your Urine Mean

You happen to answer nature's call and you notice foamy urine, containing bubbles. If this condition happens frequently, it is natural for you to feel concerned. This article will help you understand the meaning of bubbles in your urine and the possible factors behind this problem.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Urine is considered to be one of the indicators of a person's health. Any changes in its normal characteristics may signal that something unusual in the system. And one of these unusual changes is the formation of bubbles in urine. If you observe bubbles frequently, then you may suspect something amiss in the body.
Bubbles in Urine: Associated Conditions
Benign Cause - I
So, is it normal to have foamy urine? Well, sometimes we tend to ignore 'Nature's Call'. And with time, our bladder keeps getting accumulated with urine thus, building up pressure. And when finally, you relieve yourself, naturally, you expel a strong jet of urine which when hits the toilet bowl, causes the formation of bubbles. Also, these bubbles do not stay for long.
Benign Cause - II
Again, if you do not drink plenty of water, your body gets dehydrated and your urine, becomes more concentrated. Even this may cause the urine to become foamy or bubbly.
Severe Cause - I
Now if bubbles in urine is a rare occurrence, then it is most likely to be caused by any one of the two possible causes cited above. However, if it occurs frequently, then one condition may be responsible for it, a urinary tract infection; especially if you are a woman. This disease tends to be more common in females than in males. This ailment is the result of a bacterial infection, that initiates in the urinary tract. So if you notice that your urine not only contain bubbles in it, but is cloudy, and tinged with blood, as well, then there are strong chances of UTI being the main cause. Other symptoms of this condition include strong urge to urinate, burning sensation while urination, and strong-smelling urine.
Severe Cause - II
This cause is associated with the liver. This organ does the work of filtration in the body. It filters out the waste products and toxins and dispose them into the urine. However, a kidney disorder may cause it to malfunction. And one of the consequences of the malfunction is that, during the filtration process, the kidneys may also filter out proteins and send them to the urinary tract. So when you urinate, you are excreting out the protein from your body, as well. And this substance may cause bubbles to form in the urine.
Severe Cause - III
The urinary bladder and the large intestines (colon) may get connected to each other for no apparent reason. This disorder is known as vesicocolic fistula. This unwanted connection may trigger the formation of edema at the base of the bladder. Edema refers to the swelling due to excess fluid being trapped in the body's tissues. So bubbles formed in this trapped fluid may make their way into the urine.
So if you notice that bubbles form in your urine consistently, and is also accompanied by other abnormal urinary symptoms, then get your condition diagnosed. And if you realize that you have not drank enough water the whole day, and your urine is looking foamy, yellower or has bubbles, then gulp down a few glasses of water, and then observe again.