Symptoms, Causes And Risk Factors For Foamy Urine

Foamy texture in urine can cause issues on your health. Know symptoms, causes and risk factors to prevent this problem.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalUpdated at: Feb 03, 2022 16:00 IST
Symptoms, Causes And Risk Factors For Foamy Urine

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Excretory system is as important as any other system and process in the body. It helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body and help to improve health of the person. However sometimes you may have problems while urinating or it could be because of colour, texture of urine. Usually urine needs to be pale yellow in colour and is quite flat, but if there is some issue or disease in the system, then it could differ. Foamy urine is one of the conditions that could occur because of change in urine texture. Today we will discuss about problems that could happen because of having foaminess in urine and what could be possible risks.

Foamy Urine: What does it mean?

Foamy urine can occur because of two major conditions, one could be because of full bladder and other is some medical condition. We spoke to Consultant and Urologist, Dr. Yogeshwar Pandey from Sahara Hospital, Lucknow. He said that foamy urine could be in general because of hitting the toilet fast to stir the water. But other than that it could be because of disease that develops over time. 


It could be because of kidney damage, swelling in abdomen, infertility or various other issues. Some of these are also symptoms of having foamy urine. All these conditions that lead to foamy urine is because of an underlying situation which is being created in the body. Therefore we need to know about symptoms and causes for it in detail.

Symptoms that occur with Foamy Urine

Majority of cases, urine get foamy once in a while, but that does not mean anything serious. But if this happens regularly, then it could lead to other problems and symptoms also. These symptoms help to determine the real cause behind foamy texture in urine. It could be along with these symptoms-

  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling in hands or feet
  • Fluid build-up in kidneys
  • Change in the amount of urine produced
  • Delay in releasing semen in men, or dry orgasms in females
  • Fertility issues in males
  • Cloudy urine
  • Trouble sleeping

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Causes of Foamy Urine

1. In critical condition foam in urine is cause because of concentration of urine produced. This means that it could be because of dehydration or drinking less water in the day. This is a usual condition that occurs to majority of people having foamy urine. It could be prevented by increase water consumption of the day.

2. Foamy urine can also occur because of having excess protein in your body that is present in the form of albumin in the urine. This protein in urine reacts with air while urinating and therefore foams are created in the toilet. 


3. Another condition because of which foamy urine can occur is because of extra water and waste products in the blood. This is bad because this means that your kidney functions are not working effectively. Kidney filters help to remove toxins from the bloodstream and get rid of it by passing it through urine. In this case the particles are too big to be removed through urine and thus they form foamy texture. You need to control and regulate your diet and prevent yourself from infections and visit doctor immediately in this case.

4. It could be because of retrograde ejaculation. This is a men based issue in which the semen backs up into the bladder instead of being released from the penis. This condition could cause complications and problems during planning pregnancy; hence you need to get it checked.

5. One of the rare causes of foamy urine could also be due to amyloidosis. It is a condition of fluid build-up in the kidney which can further create problems and cause kidney disorder. Foamy urine can be caused in this problem as it affects your organs and makes specific protein. 

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Risk Factors of Foamy Urine

There are some risk factors that can occur because of having foamy urine. In usual cases it could be because of having a full bladder. Major risk factors of foamy urine are because of kidney diseases such as-

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of kidney diseases
  • High blood pressure


Risk factors for retrograde ejaculation includes-

  • Diabetes
  • Drugs that are taken to treat high blood pressure, enlarged prostate or mood
  • Nerve damage from spinal cord injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Surgery of prostate or urethra 

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