How Can You Test Your Urinary Tract Infection With A Urine Test

A urinalysis test, often called a urine test or sometimes a sample urinalysis shows whether there are any irritants in your urine. These include excess glucose (sugar), ketones, and acidity levels. The imbalance can indicate an infection is present, and if the cause of this specific urinary tract infection isn’t treated immediately, it could lead to dangerous consequences for you or those around you. Basically, it is the best way to determine if there are some abnormal chemicals in your urine amount and quality, which can range from a urinary tract infection all the way up to cancer or several other different symptoms that may also be present with chronic illness. In order to get a good sample of your piss, pee more frequently during the day. Basically, go at least twice a day as much as you feel comfortable pressing things extra. Peeing often is one of the most vital ways to do this.

How Should I Collect And Store A Urine Sample?

A useful way to collect a sample is using a plastic Urine Cup or cellophane tape. After collecting the required volume, store it at 36-48 oC for 8 hours and allow about six days for processing (two bottles). If, during collection, there are difficulties in pinching out all the urine from between your cheek and gum, you can use cushions made of cotton wool balls. If using the cushion, collect the required amount of urine and place it on a cotton wool ball. Discard used cotton balls as they are not suitable for further analytical processing – except to test if your technique needs improvement! One thing that can complicate collection is pain during urinating (due to impact or inflammation), making it difficult even though you desire to complete the collection in an attempt at normalcy! Proper storage will ensure analysis has 99 .8% detection capability. Six to eight days is recommended for storage before labeling and mailing the sample in a collection kit with specific instructions (e.g., temperature).

What Should I Do If My Urine Appears Cloudy?

Urine may appear hazy when you have a previous history of kidney stones or diabetes, in which case it may be wise to collect more volume at once as these conditions can impact how much urine your body realizes has been collected. If you believe urine is unclear, don’t worry. The sample will be used for your analysis. If you believe urine is clear, but the result indicates excreted metabolites are present because a small amount of synthetic standard has been added to it (which is done to get proper spectra), call the lab. If a small amount of synthetic standard has been added and you are concerned, but it can be confirmed that this occurred accidentally during processing or possibly not at all (e.g., odd chemical odor detected in urine sample; strange shift between one value for creatinine clearance vs excreted volume into body panel ), call the lab immediately.

Are Urine Cups Sterile?

Any material used for future processing must be sterile (free of bacteria and fungus). If you have collected urine in a plastic cup, we recommend that cups are cleaned with hot water, a mild antibacterial soap such as Agnus Castus, or diluted bleach. Use a coffee filter or paper towel to clean your cup, as well. Cone-shaped cups are also convenient for collection – choose one with no puncture holes in the bottom so sediment will not get into them prematurely. Suppose you collect urine and use a metered volume bottle (e.g., those used by marathon runners). In that case, we recommend that bottles be cleaned with hot water, an antibacterial soap such as Chlorhexidine Gluconate, or diluted bleach. (Beer bottles work well because beer is pretty sterile already.) Choose a disposable bottle for collection to preserve sterility for future processing.