What Causes Cloudy Urine?
Cloudy urine can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose cloudy urine, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "cloudy urine" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Urinary Tract Infection
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
much lower back pain
dark urine color
dizziness when standing up
high coffee consumption
recent onset nausea
major fatigue for 3-12 months
adverse reaction to delayed meals
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cloudy urine:
|Urinary Tract Infection
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Urinary Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about cloudy urine:
Is your urine cloudy?
→ Don't know
→ No, it is clear
→ Occasionally slightly cloudy
→ Often slightly cloudy / occasionally very cloudy
→ Often very cloudy - as if a little milk was added
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate clear urine, cloudy urine or very cloudy urine, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Yellow and/or cloudy urine may be evidence of a water intake deficiency.
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