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A 24-year-old female asked:

I took a home uti in it's positive for nitrite what should i do?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Talk to your doctor: The presence of nitrites just means there are bacteria in your urine that make that metabolite; it needs to be interpreted in the setting of symptoms and white blood cells in the urine, and if all are appropriate, needs antibiotics. All roads lead to discussion with the doctor.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
In addition, the test is dependent upon rapid analysis. If the urine stood around for any appreciable time before testing it is often inaccurate. Dr. Ho is quite correct in saying that the clinical assessment outweighs lab results.
Apr 9, 2013

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is a nitrite positive uti?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 34 years experience
Urease bacteria: Some bacteria produce an enzyme called urease that will cause the urinalysis to show nitrite positive test results.
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