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What basic tests do doctors use to diagnose a bladder infection?

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Your doctor will first do a physical exam and talk to you about your symptoms. That alone may be enough to find out if you have one.

If not, you’ll get a urine analysis. This is a test that checks for bacteria, blood, or pus in a sample of your pee. Your doctor may also run a urine culture to find out which bacteria are causing your infection.

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Cystitis.”

Victoria State Government (Australia), Better Health Channel: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis).”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Cystitis.”

Victoria State Government (Australia), Better Health Channel: “Cystitis.”

KidsHealth: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Merck Manual: “Bladder Infection (Cystitis).”

Mayo Clinic: “Cystitis.”

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 10, 2019

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