How to Quickly Clear Cloudy Urine: Expert Catheter Care Advice

How to Quickly Clear Cloudy Urine: Expert Catheter Care Advice
Published on, 11 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Abdelmajeed Saad and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm worried about my elderly relative who has a suprapubic catheter. For weeks, their urine has been clear, but recently it has become muddy and cloudy. Could the discharge from the tunnel in the skin be causing this problem? And if so, what can we do to fix it?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


When someone with a suprapubic catheter experiences a sudden change from clear to cloudy urine, it's indeed a cause for concern. The discharge from the skin tunnel where the catheter is inserted can indeed lead to blockages and affect the flow of urine. It's crucial to address this issue promptly.


First and foremost, maintaining good hygiene around the catheter site is essential. Keeping the area clean and dry can help prevent irritation and potential blockages. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water can go a long way in preventing complications.


Additionally, flushing the catheter with sterile water or normal saline can help clear any blockages and improve urine flow. This procedure should be done carefully and under the guidance of a healthcare professional to avoid any further complications.


It's also important to seek medical advice from a doctor or specialist who can provide personalized care and guidance. They can assess the situation thoroughly and recommend the best course of action to address the issue effectively.


In summary, proper hygiene, regular cleaning, and seeking medical advice are key steps in addressing cloudy urine in individuals with a suprapubic catheter.




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