Our UTI test detects a urinary tract infection (UTI) by measuring the levels of leukocytes (white blood cells) and nitrite in your urine. The higher the detection levels of leukocytes and nitrite, the more likely you are to have a UTI.
Once you start feeling symptoms like pain and burning sensations when you urinate, it’s time to test. Other symptoms include feeling like you have to urinate all the time or only small amounts of urine pass even when it feels like you really have to urinate. We know how uncomfortable this can be and the sooner you test, the sooner you know what is going on.
You may get inaccurate results if…
- You’re dehydrated or so overly-hydrated that your urine is diluted.
- You experience color blindness (the test relies on color matching). Have someone check your results with you!
- You are already taking any kind of antibiotic.
- Your urine has a ph>8, AKA you’re experiencing kidney stones, severe vomiting, blood in your urine, or other factors that are altering your urine in major ways. In those cases, this test is not for you, but please talk to your primary care provider and take care.
- You’ve been taking medications or supplements that alter your urine color, such as drugs containing azo dyes (i.e. Pyridium®, Azo Gantrisin®, Azo Gantanol®), nitrofurantoin (Microdantin®, Furadantin®), riboflavin.
- Your UTI is caused by a bacteria that is not detectable by nitrite levels — this happens in a small number of cases and requires visiting your primary care provider.
Our tests are clinically-tested at detecting common forms of UTIs. Remember, only a full urinalysis can detect every type of UTI. So if you have symptoms (even if you tested negative), please contact your primary care provider for assessment and treatment.
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