Smelly pee on its own is not usually a cause for concern. There are often things you can do to help your pee return to normal.
Pee is usually clear or pale yellow, with a mild smell.
Things that can often make your pee smell stronger include:
- certain types of food and drink, like asparagus or coffee
- not drinking enough fluids
- some medicines
- vitamin B6 supplements
Try these things to help keep your pee clear and smelling mild.
drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, so that you pee regularly during the day and do not feel thirsty
drink more in hot weather and when exercising
do not drink a lot of sugary fizzy drinks, coffee or alcohol
do not eat a lot of garlic or asparagus – they contain strong-smelling chemicals that can pass into your pee
do not take more than 10mg of vitamin B6 a day
Other symptoms you have might give you an idea of what's causing your pee to smell. But do not self-diagnose – always see a GP.