7 Weird Reasons Why There Is White Stuff In Urine
Usually, when we see something strange in our rituals, like urinating, we wonder.
Just like when we notice white stuff in our urine.
What makes this white stuff in urine? Is it alarming if you notice it when you pee?
In this article, we will provide you some of the possible causes why there is white stuff in your urine. Note that this will be just a guide and we don’t mean to promote paranoia.
However, everything we notice differently about ourselves is better being consulted to the doctor for proper findings and diagnoses, especially if it persists for a long period of time.
This is the most common reason why we have that white stuff in our urine. Residues in our urine may form as white suspension. Sediments may be in the form of:
According to webmd.com, kidneys help to control the amount of phosphate in our body. But when too much phosphate, kidneys will filter it out in the urine and forms as white dusty substance.
Protein or Albumin Debris
Protein, particularly album, appears in your pee if your kidneys are having trouble filtering particles. That’s why these particles get into the urine and appear as white, small crystalline particles.
Detached Walls in the Urinary Tract Lining
If this happens, then there’s no need to worry. Our urinary tract lining sometimes needed to renew, just like our skin. The detached walls (skin) in our urinary tract lining may appear in our urine as white stuff.
2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
According to enkivillage.com, our urine is free from bacteria or fungi and it is just plain fluids when it’s normal. But when bacteria, most commonly the Escherichia coli, attaches to the urethra it will result in white particles in our urine.
If you feel pain or pressure in your lower abdomen or back which accompanies urinating with white particles, you can have yourself checked by a doctor as it may be due to UTI.
3. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance growth of naturally occurring bacteria in the women’s vagina. Usually, BV can go away even without medication.
BV is not a sexually transmitted disease although most often than not it usually occurs after intercourse. But women who have never had sexual intercourse can also experience BV.
BV can cause excessive vaginal discharge that may form as white particles in the urine.
4. Monilia Infection
Women’s vagina usually has a small amount of yeast that does not cause infection.However, at certain times the pH level or acidity of the urine may vary and it can trigger the overgrowth of this yeast leading to Monilia infection.
Same as BV, Monilia infection can also cause excessive vaginal discharge that forms white particles when you pee.
Monilia infection can be treated with fungal creams available in the market today.
5. Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are usually composed of oxalate and calcium buildup which crystallizes and forms stone-like and stone-shaped structure in the kidney. These kidney stones can pass through our urinary tract as white crystalline granules, thus can form as white particles in our urine.
If the presence of white particles persists and you suspect it to be kidney stones, consult your physicians immediately for proper diagnosis.
6. Parasitic Infections
Parasitic infections like filariasis and schistosomiasis can also cause white stuff to appear in your pee. Usually, the white stuff in your urine, if you have parasitic infections, appears to be worm-like.
However, a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis which causes Trichomoniasis infection also causes white particles to appear in the urine.
In women, according to healthline.com, trichomoniasis can infect the vagina or urethra or both. Whereas in men, it only infects the urethra.
If you happen to notice worm-like white stuff in your urine, consult your doctor immediately.
7. Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
The feeling of itchiness, burning sensation and the appearance of white particles in the urine are usually caused by STDs.
STDs are acquired through unprotected sex with multiple partners.
There are various factors which cause sexually transmitted diseases. It can either be caused by bacteria, parasite, fungi or viruses.
STDs like gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia are caused by bacteria.
Gonorrhea is caused by bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It grows in warm, moist areas of our reproductive tract, including the woman’s opening to the womb, womb itself, and egg canals. However, it can grow in the mouth, throat, and anus too.
Syphilis is caused by bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. Syphilis sore can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum or on the lips or in the mouth.
Chlamydia is a bacterium and chlamydia infections are the most common type of infection in STDs.
Usually, Chlamydia infections have no symptom at all or if there are any, it would take months yet for the symptoms to show.
Chlamydia can cause serious harm, especially to a woman. It may result in a woman’s infertility.
Trichomoniasis is the most common type of STDs. Most often, men and women who are infected with trichomoniasis cannot tell they are infected. According to cdc.gov, about 70% of the trichomoniasis do not have symptoms of the disease.
Fungi (Candida Albicans)
Candida albicans is a fungal pathogen that causes Candidiasis in human beings. Usually, this fungus is non-threatening if they are in their normal numbers.
Candidiasis is rarely transmitted through sexual intercourse, though.
Viruses (Human Papilloma Virus, Herpes)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Herpes virus
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the virus that is most responsible for warts on skin or in the reproductive organs.
Papillomas usually damage the mucous membranes of the genitals. The mucous membrane is a type of thin sheets of tissue that cover various parts of the body, including our reproductive organs.
When this tissue is detached, it usually forms white stuff in our urine
Herpes virus affects the genitals, the cervix, and skin in other parts of the body. When it affects the inside of the reproductive organs, the mucous membranes will also be detached and can form as white particles in the urine.
When you suspect you are infected with an STD, don’t delay your visit to a doctor.
Take note that the white particles in your urine are just but one of the factors to consider when you suspect there is something wrong in your urine. If it is accompanied by other symptoms like pain when urinating, unusual urine color, and fever don’t ever hesitate to visit a specialist immediately.
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