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   Posted 10/27/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
this is something very embarassing and needed to ask privately on here before talking to anyone else about this... I have noticed that the past few months my sweat smell mike pee.
i am a very clean person . i shower every morning  and every night. i wear clean cloths and i am not over weight. so i dont see how this is going on.  i had my colon removed 2 years ago. and they told me in the hospital on 4 occasions i should have my kidneys checked out due to my potasium dropping alot every time i am in there. but my dr said it wont show anything and didnt even do it. my hands hurt alot and swell, and now this. so i wonder can i have something going on with my kidneys after all and does anyone else have this...

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   Posted 10/27/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i take it no one has had this happen to them.. see that is why i am afarid to tell my doctor about it.. it sounds crazy.. i did google it and i guess this is no heard of but i didnt really read what i was wondering about..
any one out there have this happen to them or know anyone who has had this problem
Had trouble pooping my whole life... colon didnt function
I had surgery to remove all of my large colon except 5 inches on june 20th 2008.
had a whole in my remaining colon on Oct 5th 2008 and had more surgery to repair that.
was in the hospital november 2008 for a week with a blockage.
in the hospital in January 9th 2009 with another blockage..
have a scar i totally hate on my belly.. but would do it all over again to be able to function normally

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   Posted 10/28/2010 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there! YOu deffinatly need to talk to your doctor about this. I have heard of this before but can not put my brain on it right now! I do not have this problem but I can imagine this would be very embarresing which would cause me to mention it to your doc. My primary told me back when I was first having issues that he has heard about everything out there and nothing I said could make him grossed out or I should not be embarresed about telling him anything. He once and awhile would raise an eyebrow but that was more out of curiosity than anything. Please decide to go to the doc and then stop by and let us know what he says...Just incase someone else is struggleing with the same issue and is to shy to ask about it on a forum!!
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   Posted 5/4/2011 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this is an old post, but I've got to address it.
It doesn't mean your kidneys are bad, nor does it have any bad implications. This particular scent of perspiration is fairly common, actually, and I'm shocked you didn'y find evidence to that online. I'll give you the textbook answer now:
he sweat contains steroid compounds, especially the 16-androstenes — these are particularly profuse in the sweat produced by the groin and armpits. Once bacteria have acted on the sweat they break it down and that gives it its individual smell.

The more androstene that a person’s sweat contains, the greater the potential for him or her to be strong smelling. It has been found that two of the 16-androstene compounds are important in this respect. If there is a predominance of androstenol, the sweat from the armpits and kindred areas tends to smell markedly musky; if there is a predominance of androstenone, the sweat develops an obvious smell of urine. There is another compound that sometimes gives rise to the slightly acrid sweaty armpit smell that can be differentiated from either the musky or uriniferous smelling sweat of the skin of the erogenous areas.

I hope that although I was late to the game, I was able to provide some help.

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   Posted 11/3/2012 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Frontier Doctor -

Thank you for taking the time to reply to an old post about this issue. I hope you are still available to respond to this issue now more than a year later.

You said that the androstenone lends to the "uriniferous" smell. Would this apply to women too? Because I am a 46 year old female and have started night sweats this last week that smell so. I think I'm perimenoupausal because I also started my period early this month, which I've never done. What do you think would lend to the urine smell? I soak the sheets up to 2-3 times a night. It seems better that I've increased my water intake and dramatically lessened caffeine.

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   Posted 12/6/2012 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bobbie
I would advise that if your symptoms have persisted for more than two weeks,  you should  visit a General practitioner under a routine appointment. You should explain your symptoms in full and it would be helpful if you kept a diary of your symptoms and activities/foods etc.  46 may be a little early to presume the menopause?This could be an infection with a raised temperature (which at night will seem worse) or even night sweats related to more seriouse conditions (although highly unlikely). I came accross this page as I was looking for urine smell sweat but I have a fealing its because I am de-hydrated which of course would make all bodily fluids more pungent. and now feel reasured. hope your feeling better.

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   Posted 1/1/2015 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
i have a similar problem than mommyphotographer.
my skin smells like urine.

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   Posted 1/31/2015 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having the same problem and have read what the other post said. Some mornings I wake up with my shirt smelling like urine. I have never been over weight and have NEVER had an odor problem ANY WHERE !!! I never even had to use things like summers eve and even my doctors comment on yearly exams that I have absolutely no odor. But the only part of my night that smells is the top part in the front of my shirts, never any odor under arms or any where else. I do however intend on asking my doc when ever I can remember that is. Usually have too many other things that I feel are more important at the time.

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   Posted 5/29/2016 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Help! My sweat smells like urine. If i sit in one place for a bit or in the morning when i awaken my room smells like urine. I have not peed the bed, just the smell of urine permeates the room or place where i have been sitting. Other ppl have noticed it too.

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   Posted 9/11/2016 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey justme48, Quick question. Where do you live? I have been experiencing this problem as well and thought I was losing my mind.

What I've deduced is that it is not me but my living quarters. If I sleep at a friends place, I Dont smell like urine. The reason is, my house is in a more country area with trees and wildlife. Specifically deer. Every morning like clockwork around 4 ~ 6 am, a deer is urinating on or around our house. because I live on the side of the house near the pee, I smell it. Deer urine is notoriously strong and permeates even closed windows.

I know this isn't directly health related but I Figured I'd offer this perspective just in case.

try sleeping somewhere else tonight / tomorrow and see if you still wake up smelling like piss.

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   Posted 2/22/2017 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Kathy-Nelon...what was your diagnosis, I have the exact same problem it is just this horrible smell of cat pee coming off of my chest not my armpits from when I sleep at night. It is something new and horrible and I hate it
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