If a woman has dark and "frothy," urine does she need antibiotics?

In the vast majority of cases a combination of dark colored urine with a  bubbly layer indicates under hydration and reflects a need to increase water intake.  Among otherwise healthy women, bubbly urine especially in the morning when urine is usually concentrated does not indicate serious health problems. 

Usually, if the bubbles start to disintegrate in front of your eyes an infection is not likely.  Simply adding a glass or two of fluid to your intake will result in improvement.  Also, reducing the amount of meat, soy products and beans (which are among some of the major contributors of urea) in your diet will also greatly improve this issue. 

Dark and frothy urine should be taken in the context of other signs of bacterial infection, mainly painful frequent urination and fever.  A UTI is unlikely if these symptons are absent.  In case there are remaining doubts a “clean catch” urine analysis and culture can be done to avoid excessive treatment.


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Leon Nitkin, M.D. I offer a full range of GYN services and limited obstetric care. I specialize in the provision of services for gynecological plastic, including narrowing of vagina and labia reduction; Cervical Cancer Immunizations (HPV Immunizations - GARDASIL) and have extensive experience in treatment of Uterine Fibroids - therapeutic and surgical. Our primary focus is your comfort with a female physician assistant on staff and a Board Certified Anesthesiologist for procedures.

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