A deposit of urates in the urine produces a turbid appearance. The color varies with that of the urine; may be white, yellow, pink, or red. It is noticed only after the urine is cold, and may be distinguished by the fact that it disappears when the urine is re-heated. Urates are sometimes deposited in the bladder, especially in young children, and may be a cause of stone in the bladder. When this is the cause, the urine may be turbid when it is passed. The principal causes of this deposit are, feverish condition of the system, dyspepsia, great exhaustion from overwork, or dissipation. Taking cold is the most common of all causes of urinary deposits.

The Treatment of Urates

Avoidance of the causes is of course the first and most essential element of treatment Beer, wine, tobacco, and all kinds of narcotics or stimulants should be wholly avoided. Little animal food should be used. The patient's diet should consist chiefly of fruits and grains, and he should practice the free drinking of water taking one or two glasses before breakfast and an equal quantity before going to bed at night.