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A 47-year-old member asked:

Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Mostly: Nitrite reagent in dipstick works for most gram negative organisms, but does show gram positive bacteria like enterococcus, staphlococcus or streptococcus etc.. Latter 2 are considered "skin" organisms but can be cause of utis in some, especially subjects on intermittent catheterization. Leucoocte esterase for wbcs in urine usually but, not always reliable. Urine culture is most reliable.

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A 18-year-old female asked:

How to know if you have urinary tract infection without test?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
UTI symptoms: Symptoms can be a clue, but that's all. If urination is painful, urgent, and frequent -- with xmall urine amounts -- a UTI is likely. But even with these typical symptoms, the only way to know is to get professional care and diagnostic testing. At your age (19), STDs are the most common conditions that cause simlar symptoms. It would be really dumb to not get professional evaluation.

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