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Are hospital urine pregnancy test more accurate than at home pregnancy test?

Are hospital urine pregnancy test more accurate than at home pregnancy test?

Good question!: Took some research. Both hospital and home urine pregnancy tests are very sensitive. Hospital tests are generally considered more reliable but this fact was disputed in an article in the journal of Clinical Chemistry January 2014 http://www.clinchem.org/content/60/4/667.full where false negatives were found in a high number of tests from 5-7 weeks of pregnancy. A blood HCG test is most accurate. ...Read more

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Are home UTI tests accurate? What if I'm positive for leukocytes at home but negative for urine culture?

Are home UTI tests accurate? What if I'm positive for leukocytes at home but negative for urine culture?

Fairly accurate: White blood cells can appear in the urine for many reasons, including bladder infection, irritation of the urethra, inflammation of the bladder (cystitis), genital rashes or inflammation due to hygiene issues or retained debris. ...Read more

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Had 2 positive pregnancy test at home and a neg urine test at the doctors, could i be pregnant?

Had 2 positive pregnancy test at home and a neg urine test at the doctors, could i be pregnant?

Unlikely: The urine tests for HCG levels that are the most sensitive tests for pregnancy. At your age the chances of you achieving a pregnancy is extremely low. If you want to totally confirm get a blood level or get an fsh level to see if you are menopausal and are not having periods any longer. ...Read more

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Might diabetics have negative at home pregnancy tests?

Might diabetics have negative at home pregnancy tests?

If not pregnant : Diabetics can take a pregnancy test just like everyone else. If they are not pregnant then they will have a negative pregnnacy test. If they are pregnant they will have a positive pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Positive (faint line) home pregnancy test 2/18, urine test at doc. Confirmed pregnancy. Home test again 2/22 still very faint + line, is this normal?

Positive (faint line) home pregnancy test 2/18, urine test at doc. Confirmed pregnancy. Home test again 2/22 still very faint + line, is this normal?

Yes: I would be concerned if home test went from positive to negative. If you're having a lot of anxiety over this see if your doctor will repeat your serum pregnancy test in a few days, but i would not worry too much. It won't help to be overly stressed. ...Read more

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At home UTI test positive for leukocytes but urine test at hospital negative for white and red blood cells. 24 weeks pregnant. Uti?

At home UTI test positive for leukocytes but urine test at hospital negative for white and red blood cells.  24 weeks pregnant.  Uti?

URINE ANALYSIS: The dip stick is quite non-specific for an actual infection. The microscopic eval. With a culture and symptoms check is the way to diagnose and appropriately treat a uti. ...Read more

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How accurate are at home pregnancy test?

How accurate are at home pregnancy  test?

Pregnancy Tests: Very accurate. But, you have to do them at a time that they will work. That means after you have missed a period and when you had a sexual encounter during your fertile days of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

MRSA: As with many home tests errors can occur, if you feel you actively have an MRSA infection or you are a carrier please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Hiv1/2 eia negative at 8 & 23 weeks. Will test again at 48 weeks. Will a negative test be conclusive?

Hiv1/2 eia negative at 8 & 23 weeks.  Will test again at 48 weeks.  Will a negative test be conclusive?

HIV testing: Yes. You are not HIV positive. In the future there is a test that is 100% accurate at 14 days. This is the HIV RNA or pcr test. You do not have hiv. Testing regularly is a good habit to get into when you are sexually active. And, please do not forget there are eleven other stds to avoid. ...Read more

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Going to test at the clinic, i have 8 positives and 1 negative home pregnancy tests. How accurate is the test at the clinic?

Going to test at the clinic, i have 8 positives and 1 negative home pregnancy tests. How accurate is the test at the clinic?

Accurate: if you have a missed period for 2 weeks by urine and if tested by blood sooner. 8 positive tests at home very likely means you are pregnant. All the best. ...Read more

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Hcg test done at doctor and negative. Are they 100% reliable?

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Hcg test done at doctor and negative. Are they 100% reliable?

Not 100%: No test will ever be 100%; that being said, the blood test done at the doctor's office, done at 7 days after a missed period or later, is 99% accurate. ...Read more

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Can do blood hCG test at home through pregnancy test kit? Is this possible

Can do blood hCG test at home through pregnancy test kit? Is this possible

Just do urine test: Home urine pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Is the Oraquick gum swab, at home rapid test, for HIV reliable/accurate?

Is the Oraquick gum swab, at home rapid test, for HIV reliable/accurate?

Very accurate: This text is extremely accurate. However, of all available HIV antibody test, it takes the longest to be conclusive, 3 months after the last possible HIV exposure. All other tests are done on blood and are conclusive after 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Strep throat: A rapid strep test could be false negative. A culture, if the specimen is obtained properly, should not have a false neg. ...Read more

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Been on antibiotics penicillin VK for 6 days still still positive for strep with home test how long till it's clear is this normal ?

Been on antibiotics penicillin VK for 6 days still still positive for strep with home test how long till it's clear is this normal ?

Not normal: If the home test is based on antigen detection, the test usually reverts to negative about a day after penicillin is started. In some documented cases, the positive test persists long after cultures become negative (so positive test despite effective treatment. This may be caused by antigen from another non-harmful microbe (not the strep) that is present. Short answer, would not worry/stop tests. ...Read more

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Taking keflex for 10 days for UTI strep b group. Still feel symptomatic but at home urine test show trace of lukocytes, why do I still feel pressure?

Taking keflex for 10 days for UTI strep b group.  Still feel symptomatic but at home urine test show trace of lukocytes, why do I still feel pressure?

Unclear, but...: The bug and drug combination suggests that you have been appropriately treated. The urine test confirms this, too. However, you may have symptoms due to residual irritation that will get better or will get worse due to possible need for longer course. If get worse, you need re culture for new treatment. Pressure without frequency and burning may also be due to added pelvic inflammatory disease. ...Read more

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Taking keflex for 10 days for UTI strep b. Still feel symptomatic but at home urine test shows only trace of lukocites, why do I still feel bladder pressure?

Taking keflex for 10 days for UTI strep b. Still feel symptomatic but at home urine test shows only trace of lukocites, why do I still feel bladder pressure?

UTI: Antibiotics can get rid of bacteria in the urine but symptoms may last longer due to swelling and inflammation of the bladder. Symptoms will get better with fluids, avoid spicy foods, caffeinated drinks. B-strep is an organism found mostly in the vagina, was this a catheter obtained urine culture? ...Read more

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Have a sore throat but am away for a week. Should I look for dr for strep test or I can wait a week till I get home? No insurance or anything w me.

Have a sore throat but am away for a week. Should I look for dr for strep test or I can wait a week till I get home? No insurance or anything w me.

Utilize Health Tap: The most important information in a medical visits comes from asking the correct questions and this does not need to be done face to face. Health Tap allows users to utilize a Doctor who is doing a shift or become part of a Provider's Virtual Practice in order to access medical care at your convenience. You can check any provider to see if they use concierge and if in same state use them. ...Read more

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My son came home with a note that said a classmate had strep in the stomach (hi fever, vomit), but no strep throat.How do you test for "stomach" strep?

My son came home with a note that said a classmate had strep in the stomach (hi fever, vomit), but no strep throat.How do you test for "stomach" strep?

Strep disease: Strep disease can produce abdominal pain and discomfort. That said, I have never heard of strep in the stomach and wonder if the person was just confused over 2nd or 3rd hand information. ...Read more

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I have strep throat -like symptoms. Last month I had a huge white bump in my throat with sore throat and no fever. My doctor didn't strep test me but sent me home with penicillin VK. Two weeks ago it came back, so I went to urgent care and had a positive

I have strep throat -like symptoms. Last month I had a huge white bump in my throat with sore throat and no fever. My doctor didn't strep test me but sent me home with penicillin VK. Two weeks ago it came back, so I went to urgent care and had a positive

Recurrent strep: infection occurs about 10% of the time, in spite of taking the antibiotic, and more often if one stops the medication after feeling better instead of completing the course. In the lab, strep is very sensitive to penicillin, but not all people absorb it well or may have other bacteria in their throat that make it less effective. Get another culture and other med. Possible other germ like mono. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC strep test?

Is there an OTC strep test?

No: Would not make sense, since if (+) need rx antibiotic to address. Can be done at urgent care or most dr's offices. Best to get checked & tested. ...Read more

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Where can I get a strep test in the wisconsin dells?

Where can I get a strep test in the wisconsin dells?

Throat culture: Go to a local clinic, physician or hospital in your area. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i still test positive for strep?

Please tell me, could i still test positive for strep?

Uncertain: Uncertain about your question, but I am assuming you are asking if you can test positive for strep still as an adult? The answer is emphatically a yes. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to keep from gagging during a strep test?

Is there anything I can do to keep from gagging during a strep test?

Gag Reflex: No. The gag reflex is very strong in some people. It can be controlled somewhat be spraying anesthetics in the throat but that interferes with the test. So, you just need to open wide and the lab tech has to be quick. Sorry, it bothers me too! ...Read more

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Possible reasons for bleeding after strep group b test?

Possible reasons for bleeding after strep group b test?

Irritated throat: With strep throat, the "skin" (mucous membrane) is very inflamed and tender (friable). The swab can easily scratch this lining and you can have a bit of bleeding. You should not have much and it should stop quickly. If the swab was much rougher than you have experienced before, then the person who swabbed your throat needs to be re-trained and tell your doc, or the lab director ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep without a culture test done. How long before penicillin decreases the pain? Might i be resistant to penicillin?

I was diagnosed with strep without a culture test done. How long before penicillin decreases the pain? Might i be resistant to penicillin?

Strep throat: There is substantial data to suggest that antibiotic treatment for grp a strep pharyngitis may not alter the clinical manifestations and that patients get symptomatically better with or without them. The purpose of penicillin (or other antibiotics) is to prevent the development of post=streptococcal complications like acute rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Had strep b test done dr touched everything in the room with gloves on including drawers before seeing if I have dialated can I catch anything?

No problem: This exam does not require sterile gloves. While it may seem inappropriate to keep the gloves on a long time prior to the exam you should be fine. ...Read more

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What is a group b strep test?

What is a group b strep test?

Culture for bacteria: Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women. The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection. ...Read more

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What is beta strep? How do they test for it?

What is beta strep? How do they test for it?

Strep throat: "Beta Strep" is short for beta-hemolytic Streptococcus infection. It is the "strep" in Strep throat. A common test for it is the "rapid strep test" done by a throat swab. Another, more comprehensive, test is a bacterial throat culture, also done by a throat swab. The most common treatment for Strep throat is penicillin-based antibiotics, such as amoxicillin. ...Read more

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What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

What can I do if I test positive for group b strep?

Antibiotics : It is not uncommon to be gbs +ve in pregnancy.This can put the baby at risk as he comes out the birth canal .We normally prescribe antibiotics while you giving birth. ...Read more

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Can the doctors need to take blood for a strep test?

Can the doctors need to take blood for a strep test?

No: Throat swab is fine for sore throat. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having a false positive rapid strep test 3x in a row?

+ strep: Extremely unlikely. The test is pretty good (70-90%) at detecting the disease and very good at confirming it (90-100%). ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait after antibiotics for a strep test to be accurate?

How long do I need to wait after antibiotics for a strep test to be accurate?

Antibiotics first?: If you are treated with antibiotics and then get strep testing your results may be negative. Prior to antibiotics, the rapid strep test takes 15 to 20 minutes to get a result and a culture can take 24 to 48 hours to get a result back. Good luck ...Read more

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