A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system, including kidneys, bladder and urethra. They are most often caused by bacteria, but can also be brought on by fungi, or viruses. Normally, your body gets rid of these germs before they cause a problem. But if the germs win, you can get a painful UTI.
Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men, often having repeat infections that can take years to end. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI is left untreated and spreads to your kidneys.
Although UTI test strips cannot be used alone to rule out infection, they are a quick and easy method for an initial indication of the UTI. The same type of test strips are often used by doctors to help diagnose a UTI.
Symptoms vary and often overlap, but they may include:
Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
Strong-smelling or cloudy pee
Blood in urine
Pain in your back or lower abdomen
Feeling tired and unwell
Nausea and vomiting
In older people, changes in behaviour such as severe confusion or agitation
With Health Metric UTI Test Strips, you can take a quick UTI test safely at home. Contact your doctor if the test is positive, or if your symptoms continue, despite a negative test result. The sooner you get a UTI treated, the better. If left untreated, the infection could lead to serious complications.
You cannot always prevent UTIs, but you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI.
Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet
Try to fully empty your bladder when you pee
Drink plenty of fluids
Take showers instead of baths
Wear loose cotton underwear
Pee as soon as possible after sex
Use perfumed bubble bath, soap or talcum powder.
Hold your pee in if you feel the urge to go.
Wear tight, synthetic underwear, such as nylon.
Wear tight jeans or trousers.
Use condoms or diaphragms with spermicidal lube on them.
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Yes, these can be used up to to 2 years depending on when you receive the strips. You will find the expiration date on the packaging. We have wrapped the test strips in foil pouches to make sure you can use them right up to the end of the shelf-life without compromising on accuracy.
Although UTI test strips cannot be used alone to rule out infection, they are a quick and easy method for getting an indication of the urinary tract infection. The same type of test strips are often used by doctors to help diagnose a UTI.
Although designed for humans, these test strips detect nitrites caused by bacteria and leukocytes caused by inflammation. It would be wise to consult with your vet first, but we can see no reason why they wouldn't work well on cats or dogs. But if the pet is in pain, go to the vet right away.
Yes, men can use these test strips too.
We recommend using morning urine in order to provide the richest possible sample for testing.
These strips are sealed in tin foil pouches of 5 to keep them fresh and free of contamination right up to the end of their shelf life. You can open a pouch and run a test without compromising the whole box.
We recommend you to wait until the end of your periods to avoid a false positive result.
To read the results, match to the color chart on the bottle. It only takes 2 minutes and the whole process is explained in detail in the included user manual.
Yes. Your kidneys are part of your urinary system and these test strips detect infections related to white blood cells and nitrite in your urine.
The test strips detect Leukocytes and Nitrites in the urine. Certain bacteria change nitrate to nitrite in your urine. If the nitrite test is positive, it means that you are likely to have bacteria in your urine. Leukocytes, also called white blood cells, are produced by the body in response to the presence of an infection.
Yes. If you get a positive result, you should see a doctor. If your result is negative but you are experiencing symptoms, you should still call your doctor. A small number of people may not have detectable nitrites even though an infection is present.
No. Our UTI test strips are designed for testing urine only.
Yes. This is more common in young children, pregnant women, and the elderly. That's why your doctor may suggest testing your urine periodically to detect a UTI.
No. Health Metric UTI Test Strips detect Leukocytes (white blood cells) and Nitrites in the urine.
The test strips should be stored in a dry place at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
We recommend using first morning urine whenever possible.
Yes. No need to use your favourite mug, the included testing cup is made especially for this. It has a proper lid to prevent any spillages and it can even be reused (after proper cleaning).