Urine analysis

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Urine analysis using Multistix can be easily done at home, exactly at the time when symptoms cause concern. This is a useful screening test for diabetes, infection and kidney disease. Your physician must treat and/or investigate any positive finding.

With this test you can look for signs of blood (infection, cancer), sugar (diabetes), protein (kidney disease), ketones (hunger, diabetes), nitrite (infection) and white blood cells (infection) in the urine. Also you can check the pH and specific gravity (kidney disease). The Multistix dip sticks are a very handy thing to keep in stock, especially if you are prone to recurrent infections. You can buy them from my online shop Sales at Dr Myhill

Any positive result needs to be investigated further. The commonest problem is infection, which shows up with either blood, leucocytes or nitrites, or a combination. In this event, a further sample of urine should be sent off by your own doctor for further analysis urgently. If your doctor refuses, get in touch with my office and request a urine analysis at The Doctors' Laboratory. UTIs should be treated as a matter of urgency. See Urine MULTISTIX analysis interpretation for a more detailed explanation of results. Also please see Urinary infections - must be treated promptly

  • All children with UTIs must be further investigated. A UTI should be considered in any child with an ongoing temperature.
  • All men with UTIs must be further investigated.
  • UTIs in women are common because they have a short urethra (peeing tube). However, recurrent UTIs should be investigated.
  • Further investigations may include ultrasound, IVP (X-ray with dye) or ongoing monitoring.

How to do a Multistix urine test

To test your urine, put a sample of your urine in a small jar. Dip a stick in it and take out straight away. You need to check the reading for each substance at the correct time so be prepared to measure the time accurately. Start at the bottom of the chart, first looking for glucose after 30 seconds and ending at the top of the chart looking for leukocytes (white blood cells) after 1- 2 minutes.

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