Urine Dipstick Test

The urine dipstick test is a common over-the-counter urine test that can be performed at the comfort of a person's home to test the contents of a person's urine for various chemical and acid imbalances. It gives a lot of information without having to go through doctors and medical facilities. Furthermore, doctors often recommend the dipstick test along other urine tests.

Dipstick tests show specific gravity, urine pH, glucose, various proteins, blood in urine, bilirubin, ketones, urobilinogen, nitrite, nitrates, and urine leukocytes.

The test is performed by urinating into a cup. The skin surrounding the urinary opening has to be cleaned before urination. The goal is to get the middle stream of the urine so in the beginning of urination, the person being tested should pee in the toilet. After a second or two, the person tested should pee in the cup. Once the urine is collected, someone can place the urine dipstick into the urine sample and let it absorb the urine chemicals for a few minutes.

The Urine Dipstick

The urine dipstick is an inexpensive, over-the-counter colorimetric chemical assay that is part of the overall urine test that can be performed at the comfort of a person's home. The dipstick reveals the lack or presence of many chemicals like pH levels, glucose, protein, blood, bilirubin, ketones, urobilinogen, nitrite, and leukocytes in urine. This helps detect what is going on in the urinary tract. The overall test is just an option as many urine tests are available.

When the urine dipstick is placed into a urine sample, it changes colors that reveal chemical reactions. The actual dipstick consists of a stick-pad, which changes colors after being immersed in a urine specimen. The urine dipstick test should be interpreted with caution as it can sometimes give inaccurate results due to medications and urine collection techniques.

Urine Test Results

It is important to remember that the urine test may find various chemicals, or other signs. But the findings are merely symptoms. If you are seeking a diagnosis for a potential medical condition or a cause of feeling ill or unwell, the results of the urine dipstick tests should be shown to a medical professional who will consider the results as well as your personal medical history, the medical history of your family, and other factors. Only after careful analysis of all of the above will a qualified medical professional make a full diagnosis. In some cases more tests are necessary in order to make the most accurate diagnosis.

Diagnosis is Not The Same as Finding Discrepancies

Often this type of over the counter test will find one or another discrepancy from the normal range of any number of chemicals in your pee. But what does it mean? Most of the time people who do not have a background in medicine can not really get past knowing that there is a problem. They may understand that they have one imbalance or another, but most of the time they do not know whether it is treatable, how to treat it, and how grave the problem may be.

If you are able to, it is often a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional. A healthcare professional may prescribe further tests, and provide a more reliable diagnosis. They may also suggest treatments or refer you to a specialist who is an expert in dealing with exactly the problem you may be having.

Different Kinds of Tests

Not all of these kinds of tests are the same. When you are looking for a test, you should know what you are trying to test because there are a number of types of tests under the "umbrella" of dipstick urine tests. Some of these kits are made to detect various kinds of proteins like albumin or ketones. Other tests are meant to detect possible traces of blood to see if you have any sort of internal bleeding. Other tests measure the levels of glucose in your urine, and even other tests measure nitrates, nitrites, and ph levels which tell about the levels of acidity in your body.

When you are purchasing a test kit, make sure you know which one you need, and what you need to measure. Keep in mind that all the findings and measurements of the test kits are just symptoms and not actual problems or disorders so do not panic immediately if you experience some symptom. If you do not know the root cause, then there is always hope that the root cause of whatever the test finds isn't a big deal.

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