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Can you have a false negative UTI test?

Yes: Especially true in infants, although typically in adults you see some abnormalities... ...Read more

Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Can antibiotics cause false negative UTI test?

Can antibiotics cause false negative UTI test?

Yes: If an antibiotic is taken before submitting the urine specimen, the urine culture is likely to show no growth (false negative) and urinalysis in general have a high rate of false positives and false negatives. ...Read more

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Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Confusing: Not sure what you mean by a false uti. If your urine pregnancy test is negative and you repeat it a few days later then you can rest assured you are not pregnant. See a primary care to discuss and organize a plan to evaluate all the other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can home uti test be false sometimes.

Can home uti test be false sometimes.

Uti: There are no reliable home tests to truly diagnose a urinary tract infection. It takes a clean catch urinary specimen to be cultured in a laboratory and growth of significant colonies of bacteria to confirm the presence of an infection. Dipsticks alone aren't capable of determining colony counts as they may only detect the presence of nitrites, white blood cells and bacteria which is inconclusive. ...Read more

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Is it possible to find a false negativein a home UTI test?

Is it possible to find a false negativein a home UTI test?

Uti: Depends on the test, many are based on color changes with a chemical reaction that can be non-specific. A catheterized urine culture is the most reliable. ...Read more

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Symptoms of UTI off n on but test negative what could it be? N should I be worried?

Symptoms of UTI off n on but test negative what could it be? N should I be worried?

Mild OAB or IC: Hope you don't use bubble bath & you shower rather than bathe. That could be cause. Otherwise could be mild overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis or reaction to mediaction, caffeine or certain foods or beverages which can irritate the bladder. ...Read more

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After finishing UTI meds, not all symptoms have gone. What could be wrong? Test returned neg.

After finishing UTI meds, not all symptoms have gone. What could be wrong? Test returned neg.

Other reasons: Make sure your repeat urine culture is negative. IF this is negative, then you should be concerned over other possibilities. Occasionally chlamydia may also cause urinary symptoms, and this should be checked for. This would need to be done at the Dr's office. Also the bladder lining may just be hypersensitive after the URI--cranberry juice in small amounts(2-3oz at bedtime--is effective ...Read more

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What could i be experiencing if I have the symptoms of a uti, but the test came back negative?

What could i be experiencing if I have the symptoms of a uti, but the test came back negative?

See below: There are other conditions your doctor will discuss. Among them is a condition called interstitial cystitis, which is inflammation of the bladder lining. ...Read more

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I keep getting symptoms of uti but tests always come back negative. Could it be to do with diet?

I keep getting symptoms of uti but tests always come back negative. Could it be to do with diet?

Ans: Well what kind of diet do you have? You could try drinking cranberry juice. But also may be a hygiene issue or another vaginal issue. Discuss symptoms I detail with your doctor ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more