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How do home tests for a urinary tract infection (UTI) work?

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You can buy over-the-counter UTI dipstick tests at your local drugstore or online. They work much like a pregnancy test: Each kit comes with a testing strip (usually three to a kit). You wet a test strip by holding it in your urine stream for a few seconds. Or, you can collect urine in a clean cup and dip the strip into the sample. Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the color of the test strip to change. This will vary depending on the brand you use. Check the chart on the home test kit to find out if you’ve tested positive for a UTI.

Home test kits might be useful if you have UTIs that keep coming back. They check for white blood cells and bacteria in the urine. But the results can be affected by a number of things, like medications you take. Studies show urine cultures are much more accurate.

The bottom line: See your doctor to be sure, no matter what your UTI home test reveals.

From: Can I Take a Home Test for a UTI? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.” 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care : “Reliability of Dipstick Assay in Predicting Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.” 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Urinary Tract Infection Fact Sheet.”

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care : “Reliability of Dipstick Assay in Predicting Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

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