If you didn’t know, foamy urine is actually its presence of a white froth or bubbly lather in the toilet bowl after urinating. According to many experts, foamy urine is an indicator for proteinuria (protein in the urine). Most commonly it occurs for no aparent reason and it can be transient with no other episode occuring again for weeks or even for months.
It may come as a shock to you, but the presence of semen remaining in the urethra can cause foamy urine. Even though the quantity of remaining semen is too little under normal circumstances, still retrograde ejaculation where semen enters the bladder is a possible cause of foamy urine. When it comes to women, foamy urine due to the presence of vaginal discharge is less likely.
Nevertheless, you should be very cautious since the quantity of protein in the urine can also cause foamy urine. In this article we will present you certain conditions that cause a slight increase in the quantity of protein In the urine.
Here are some of them:
- Emotional stress.
- Certain drugs.
- Strenuous exercise
- Fever – the cause of the fever should be investigated and treated.
- Severe cold or heat exposure (environmental).
If you notice foamy urine, don’t panic immediately, since there may be some other harmless causes, but stil check it with your doctor in order to prevent more serious health conditions.
When it comes to protein in the urine, the normal dose is less than 150mg/ per day. The most common type of protein in the blood is albumin and its presence is a cause for concern since it indicates glomerular damage (damage to the filtering ‘apparatus’ of the kidney).
In order to confirm this, you should do a urine dipstick test or send a urine sample to a laboratory for urinalysis.
Some of the causes of proteinuria include :
- Chemical, heavy metal poisoning.
- Envenoming – venom from snake/insect bite or sting.
- Liver disease, damage or failure.
- Lupus (SLE) and other types of autoimmune diseases.
- Heart conditions – enlargement, inflammation or failure.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Infections, particularly those of the urinary tract (UTI), although other systemic and localized infections can lead to proteinuria (fever).
- Kidney failure.
- Renal vessel conditions like renal artery stenosis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Sickle cell anemia.