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SELFCheck's quick and simple home test detects materials in urine, such as proteins, nitrite and leukocytes, which likely indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI).
If you're looking to test whether you have a UTI at home, you can buy the SELFCheck Urine Infection Test online from Prescription Doctor. Our pharmacy dispatches the home test kit via a next-day discreet delivery to ensure a speedy delivery.
The symptoms you experience may be different depending on where the infection is. A lower respiratory tract infection may cause a burning sensation when urinating but you may not experience abdominal pain, which may be an indication of an upper respiratory tract infection. Infections of the upper respiratory tract can become severe and may require hospitalisation, so it's best to speak to a doctor if you suspect you have a UTI.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a UTI, you should get tested.
Symptoms of a UTI include:
Women are more likely to get UTIs than men for a number of reasons. For one, the distance between the bladder and urethra is shorter in women. This means that bacteria entering the urethra have less to travel to infect the bladder. Furthermore, a woman's urethra is more likely to be exposed to vaginal and rectal bacteria, which can prompt an infection in the urinary tract.
While it's uncommon for men to experience a urinary tract infection, it is possible. The symptoms in men are very similar to the symptoms in women, though may include additional symptoms such as blood in the urine (haematuria) or trouble urinating, particularly in men with prostate problems such as an enlarged prostate.
If you keep getting UTIs, you should speak to your doctor about taking appropriate measures to reduce your risk. Having an open and frank discussion with your doctor will be greatly beneficial in identifying areas of your lifestyle which may warrant change in order to mitigate your risk of getting a urinary tract infection.
The SelfCheck Urine Infection Test can be used by anyone who suspects a urinary infection. Each test kit comes with two tests - one test to confirm a UTI and a second test to double check the first test. If you receive a positive result after using the home testing kit, our online service offers a number of treatments for UTIs. You can discuss your results with our online doctor, who will be able to give you personal advice and prescribe an appropriate treatment if necessary. You should always discuss a positive result with a doctor.
The home test kit looks for 3 key indicators of a urinary infection; the presence of protein, nitrite and/or leukocytes in urine.
Leukocytes, commonly referred to as white blood cells, counteract germs in the body and fight infections. An abnormally high number of these cells present in urine may indicate an infection in the urinary tract.
Some bacteria convert chemicals in the urine called nitrates into nitrite. Detecting nitrite in the urine can be a sign of bacteria in the urinary tract. Normally, urine is sterile, meaning that it does not contain microbes or bacteria.
Protein does not usually pass from the blood and into the kidneys, so when protein is present in the urine (proteinuria), it could be an indication that the kidneys are not filtering the blood correctly, possibly as a result of a urinary tract infection such as Cystitis.
The SELFCheck Urine Infection Test comes with 2 foil packs which each contain a test strip and a desiccant to keep them dry.
Detailed instructions, which include a colour table to interpret your results, are also enclosed in the home test kit.
You will also need a watch with a second hand and a clean container to collect your urine sample. Your container must not be contaminated with any cleaning products as this can affect the end result.
1.) Collect your sample in a clean and dry container. Ensure the container is not contaminated with cleaning products prior to acquiring the sample.
2.) Carefully open the foil pouch by tearing at the notches and remove the test strip.
Do not touch the test field.
Do not open the desiccant. Discard of the desiccant pack safely out of reach from children and pets.
3.) Dip the test strip into the sample of urine. Ensure all 3 test fields are submerged in the urine sample for 2 to 3 seconds.
4.) Remove the test strip, wiping any excess urine off against the rim of the container.
5.) Wait for 60 seconds. You can use the foil package to rest your test strip on to prevent contaminating surfaces with urine.
6.) Read the results promptly using the colour table to compare your test. It is important not to wait to read your results. Any changes in colour to the test fields which occur after 2 minutes of taking the test should be ignored.
Make sure you interpret your results in good lighting conditions.
The results should be read within 60 seconds.
Once you have read your results, you can discard of the urine down the toilet and throw away any disposable container you used to collect your sample. The test strip, foil packaging and desiccant can be discarded in your household waste. Ensure that the used equipment is out of sight and reach from children and pets.
Do not discard the test strip via water waste (i.e Do not flush any of the apparatus down the toilet).
If your SELFCheck Urine Infection Test yields a positive result, your next step would be to seek treatment to treat your infection.
In most cases, urinary tract infections are treated with a short course of antibiotics. These fight the bacteria responsible for the infection, eradicating them from your body and relieving your symptoms. The course of antibiotics may need to be taken for longer in men than women. Your doctor will discuss with you the most apropriate treatment to take.
For pain associated with a urinary tract infection, you can take over-the-counter pain relief such as paracetamol.
You can also place a hot water bottle on your tummy, back, or between your thighs to relieve pain. This can help you get some rest when you have a UTI.
It's very important to stay hydrated while fighting a urinary tract infection. Excessive urination can cause your body to lose more fluids than usual, requiring you to increase your intake of fluids. Drink water often throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. If you can, avoid coffee and alcoholic drinks - these can have a diuretic effect, causing you to urinate more and lose more fluids.
If your test result is positive, speak to your doctor as soon as you can to discuss your results. When you visit your doctor, take the instruction booklet with you to better inform your doctor of the test you used. You can also discuss your result with our online doctor by sending a message to our doctor via your Prescription Doctor account. Our doctor will be able to discuss your results with you and advise an appropriate course of treatment.
If your test result is negative but you are still experiencing symptoms, arrange an appointment with your doctor. Symptoms of a UTI are similar to other infections, including vaginitis and some STIs.
If you leave the test strip for longer than 2 minutes after dipping it into your urine sample, the result may produce a false result. It is important to carefully time your test to ensure the result is accurate by using a watch with a second hand, a stopwatch or by using a timer on your phone.
It is unlikely that the results will be impacted from eating certain foods or drinking alcohol. You do not need to fast before taking the test.
It is unlikely that pregnancy will affect your results.
You should not conduct the test during your menstrual cycle. You should wait 3 days after the end of your menstrual cycle until you take the test.
If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection, you should get tested to rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms. Moreover, by confirming a urinary tract infection, you can seek appropriate treatment to clear up your symptoms faster.
While a urinary tract infection can be triggered from sexual intercourse, by pushing bacteria into the urinary tract, urinary tract infections are not classed as STIs. It is for this reason that it is recommended to urinate after having sex. Moreover, UTIs, such as Cystitis, are not contagious and are not passed on through sexual intercourse. Regardless, it is recommended to refrain from sexual activity while you have a UTI.
You can buy UTI treatments online from Prescription Doctor, following a quick online consultation with our doctor. Our pharmacy can dispense and dispatch an appropriate treatment directly to your door via a convenient next-day discreet delivery service.
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