Changes in colour and smell of urine to look out for when caring for a person with a urostomy

Changes in colour and smell of urine

Urine has an odour that can vary depending upon what we eat or drink. This does not change for someone with a urostomy. A urostomy pouch is made of special laminated and odour proof plastic. When it is in place and properly applied there should not be an odour.

It is important to note that certain foods may change the odour of urine which you will notice whilst emptying the pouch.

What can cause odour?

  • Urinary tract infections – You can read more here
  • Asparagus.
  • Fish.
  • Onions and garlic.
  • Some spices.

When you have a urostomy there are usually no dietary restrictions, and most people can enjoy a normal diet. It is important to note that some medication and some foods may discolour urine:

What can cause odour?

  • Beetroot
  • Radishes
  • Food dyes
  • Spinach
  • Certain medications eg iron salts

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