SC Nutra Urine Test Strips for infection with 5 Key UTI indicators are fast and straightforward to use and provide accurate results within 2 minutes. Results from the main parameters, Leukocytes, Nitrites, Protein, pH, Blood, can help you assess if a UTI or cystitis infection is present, monitor progress, and offer an early warning if testing frequently.
These Urine Test Strips for UTI can be used to monitor progress when using Waterfall D-Mannose and indicate when to increase or decrease the dosage.
Urine Test Strips Benefits:
- Simple at-home test for detecting UTI or cystitis
- Can be used for general health tracking, such as urine pH monitoring
- Use alongside Waterfall D-Mannose to monitor progress
- 5 dedicated indicators (Blood, Leukocytes, Protein and Nitrites) for clear and quick results. Blood and Leukocytes indicate inflammation and or infection. Protein means possible kidney involvement in the infection. Nitrites are typically only in the urine if bacteria are present.
- It is suitable for both home and laboratory testing
- Provides simple instructions for home use
While monitoring the health of your urine can help in understanding your progress, it may not represent the whole picture. UTI Test 5V® can tell you with a high degree of reliability if there is still infection present in your urine, but cannot tell you what species of bacteria are causing the symptoms. If natural remedies are unable to clear the infection, consider having your urine cultured by a competent clinic to identify the agents of infection.
How to use: Urinate into a clean container. Dip the urine test strip into the urine for 2 seconds. Tap on the side of the container to remove excess. Wait for results to appear. For more detailed instructions, please read the included leaflet carefully before using the strips.
Use a clean container to collect urine. False-positive readings for Blood can result from residues of strongly oxidising disinfectants in the specimen collection container. Do not add preservatives to the urine to be tested.
Avoid shaking the urine test strip in a specimen container to prevent incorrect results. Dip for approx. Two seconds. If the dipping time is too short or too long, the results may be unpredictable.
Collect urine in a clean container and test as soon as possible. Do not centrifuge. Avoid the use of urine preservatives. If testing cannot be performed within one hour after voiding, refrigerate the specimen immediately. Allow refrigerated specimen to return to room temperature before testing.
Store at temperatures between 2 C to 30 C avoiding humidity, direct sunlight, or heat. Store only in the original tub. Do not remove desiccants. Do not remove a urine test strip from the tub until immediately before its use. Replace cap quickly and tightly. Improper storage may cause inadequate performance of urine test strips. Return to room temperature before use. Do not use deteriorated, discoloured or blackened test strips. Avoid contamination by volatile chemicals. After opening use any remaining urine test strips within three months. Do not use after the expiry date printed on the label.
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How to use Urine Test Strips?
To effectively use urine test strips, follow these general steps:
- Collect a fresh urine sample in a clean and dry container. Ensure that the container is free from contaminants to obtain accurate results.
- Remove a urine test strip from its packaging, taking care not to touch the reagent areas with your fingers. Dip the strip into the urine sample, making sure to immerse all the reagent pads on the strip for a few seconds.
- Gently remove the strip from the urine and shake off any excess liquid. Blot the urine test strip on a long edge, on absorbent paper. Avoid running over (contamination from adjacent reagent pads).
- Compare each reagent area to its corresponding colour blocks, shown on the colour chart and read at times specified. Proper read-time is critical for optimal results.
- Obtain results by direct colour chart comparison.
Read reagent results between 1-2 minutes for differentiating a positive sample from a negative sample. Changes in colour after 2 minutes are of no diagnostic value.
For best results, confirm the performance of the reagents by comparing with known negative and positive specimens or controls. This procedure is recommended after use of every 25 urine test strips and for each change in urine test strip containers and lot. User/labs should establish their own goals for performance standards.
What do urine test strips show?
Urine test strips are diagnostic tools that provide valuable information about various aspects of bladder health. While there are urine tests that involve numerous reagents, Quickly Test UTI5V strips offer a quick and simplified assessment by focusing on five primary reagents associated with bladder health. These reagents include Leukocytes, Nitrites, Protein, pH, and Blood. By analysing these key components, Quickly Test UTI5V urine test strips help establish the overall condition of the bladder:
- Leukocytes: The test reveals the presence of granulocyte esterases. These esterases cleave an indoxyl ester, and the indoxyl so liberated reacts with a diazonium salt to produce a violet dye. Leukocyte esterase results may be positive in the absence of observable cells if the leukocytes have lysed. Positive results may occasionally occur with random specimens from females due to contamination of the urine specimen by vaginal discharge. Elevated glucose concentrations (55-110 mmol/L) or high specific gravity may cause decreased test results. The presence of some medications may cause decreased reactivity, and high levels of the drug may cause a false-negative reaction. The test area does not react with lymphocytes.
- Nitrites: Based on the principle of Griess’s test and is specific to nitrites. Any degree of uniform pink colour development indicates positive results. Positive results of the nitrites test suggest the presence of 105 (100,000) or more organisms per mL of urine, but colour development is not proportional to the number of bacteria present. A negative result does not in itself prove that there is no significant bacteriuria. Negative results may occur when urinary tract infections occur due to organisms that do not contain reductase to convert nitrate to nitrite. When urine has not been retained in the bladder long enough (4-8hrs) for reduction of nitrate to occur; or when dietary nitrate is absent, even if organisms containing reductase are present and bladder incubation is ample. Ascorbic acid concentrations of 2.8mmol/L or higher may cause false negative results with specimens containing nitrite ion concentrations of 35μmol/L or less.
- Protein: Based on the principle of the protein error of a pH indicator. The reagent area is sensitive to albumin. An elevated pH (up to 9) may affect the test. If the residue of disinfectant containing quaternary ammonium groups or chlorhexidine is present in the urine collection container, this may lead to a false positive result.
- pH: This test contains a mixed indicator which assures a marked change in colour between pH5 and pH8.5. It may be necessary to repeat this many times with a space of 3 hours between tests to determine the prevailing pH. High or low pH or wild swings in pH may indicate the presence of bacteriuria.
- Blood: Haemoglobin and myoglobin catalyse the oxidation of the indicator by means of organic hydroperoxide contained in the test paper. This test is highly sensitive to haemoglobin and thus complements microscopic examination. The sensitivity of a test diminishes in urine with high specific gravity. The test is equally sensitive to myoglobin as to haemoglobin (Haemoglobin concentration of 150-620 μg/L is approximately equivalent to 5-15 intact red occult blood cells per microlitre). Blood is likely to found in the urine of menstruating females. Oxidizing contaminants, such as hypochlorite, may produce false positive results. Microbial peroxidase associated with urinary tract infection may cause a false positive reaction. Ascorbic acid concentrations of 2.0mmol/L or greater may cause false negatives at the trace levels.
Are human and dog urine testing strips the same?
While there are some differences between urine test strips for humans and dogs, they share many similarities in their composition and purpose. Both test strips are designed to analyse urine samples and provide valuable health information. However, the results obtained from the test strips can vary between humans and dogs. For instance, the pH level of a dog's urine would typically be lower than that of a human. This variation is due to differences in metabolism, diet, and other physiological factors between the two species. Therefore, while the test strips themselves may be similar, it is essential to interpret the results within the context of the specific species being tested to ensure accurate assessments of health.
Can you buy urine test strips?
Yes, urine test strips are readily available and don't need to be purchased over the counter or need a prescription. They can be obtained from various sources, such as pharmacies, medical supply stores, and online retailers, such as ourselves. When purchasing, look for a product that is registered as an IVD medical device.
These test strips are commonly used for a range of purposes, including monitoring overall health, detecting specific conditions, and assessing various parameters in urine samples. They are typically sold in packs containing multiple strips and may come with instructions on how to use them effectively.
How accurate are urine test strips?
Urine test strips are generally considered to be reliable and provide a valuable initial assessment of various parameters in urine samples. However, it's important to note that the accuracy of urine test strips can vary depending on several factors. The quality and brand of the test strips, as well as proper storage and handling, can influence their accuracy. Additionally, user errors, such as incorrect interpretation or inadequate sample collection, can impact the reliability of the results.
How should urine tests strips be stored?
Urine test strips should be stored properly to maintain their effectiveness and accuracy. It is generally recommended to store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Exposure to moisture, heat, or light can degrade the reagents on the strips and affect their reliability. Keeping the test strips in their original packaging is important, ensuring it is tightly sealed after each use to prevent moisture or air from entering. Additionally, check the expiration date of the test strips before use and discard any expired ones. By storing urine test strips in optimal conditions and following the manufacturer's guidelines, you can help ensure their longevity and accuracy when conducting urine tests.
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