One of the best ways to detect a urinary tract infection (UTI) is to perform a urine test called urinalysis. Urinalysis involves a dipstick which indicates the presence of certain substances by changing colour when dipped in a urine sample. The dipstick checks for leukocytes, nitrites and traces of blood. The presence of leukocytes and blood in the urine sample indicates a possible infection, whilst the detection of nitrites points to the presence of bacteria.
If the dipstick results indicate a UTI and this is confirmed by the assessment of a healthcare professional, you will receive a prescription for antibiotics so that you can start treatment. Antibiotics are the best way to treat a UTI, and you should feel better after completing the course.
How to tell if you have a UTI
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection affecting both adults and children. It is caused by bacteria entering the bladder via the urethra. The bacteria multiply within the urinary system, causing discomfort. Typically, women are more likely to get a UTI, but men can also suffer from urine infections.
If you have not had a UTI before, it’s helpful to know which of the early signs to look out for. The early symptoms of a UTI include pain when passing urine, strong-smelling or cloudy urine and lower abdominal pain. Other symptoms may develop, including fever, blood in the urine, a sudden urge to relieve yourself and nausea or vomiting.
Cloudy urine and pain during urination can be assigned to other causes; it is therefore important to determine whether or not your symptoms result from a UTI. A simple diagnostic test is the urine dipstick, also known as urinalysis. This easy procedure can be performed at home using a Velieve UTI home test, with results analysed promptly and remotely by a healthcare professional and sent straight to your mobile phone.