UTI Test Strips
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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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