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How long can a urine sample sit before it is sent to lab for testing without going bad?

How long can a urine sample sit before it is sent to lab for testing without going bad?

Depends : Some things such as glucose must be tested pretty quick as they are consumed by cells and bacteria in the urine. Cells deteriorate quickly, bacteria multiply quickly. Protein could deteriorate. The ph can change depending upon bacterial action. Sodium, potassium, chloride, an similar elemental analytes are unchanged in spite of temperature and or biologic processes. In general test asap. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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What is a urine dipstick test?

What is a urine dipstick test?

Urine dipstick: The urine dipstick has squares which 'turn color' when certain chemicals in the urine are present in various amounts (graded 0-->4+). It can show: state of hydration (spec. Grav.), kidney disease (protein), diabetes (sugar/ketones) , stone/tumor (blood), liver disease (bilirubin), infection (white cells/nitrite). A complete urinalysis includes dipstick and microscopic exam. ...Read more

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What is normal PH level in urine when doing dipstick test ?

What is normal PH level in urine when doing dipstick test ?

Urine is acidic: There isn't a lower level of acidity. But NOT acidic is NOT normal. 7 is neutral so, 6.5 or below is normal. ...Read more

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What does blood ++++ (plus 4) mean in urine dipstick test?

What does blood ++++ (plus 4) mean in urine dipstick test?

Blood...: It means that a significant amount of blood was present in the urine. If you were going through, had recently finished or about to start your period this could be the reason. However, there are other reason like infection, kidney stones, irritation. You would need to follow up with your doctor on the results if having your period was not the reason. ...Read more

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Urine dipstick test showed PH 6. All other negative. Is 6 good or bad? Am I dying of kidney problems? Pls help. I checked it at home

Urine dipstick test showed PH 6. All other negative. Is 6 good or bad? Am I dying of kidney problems? Pls help. I checked it at home

Urine pH 6 is normal: PH 6 is very mildly acid & almost certainly good. Phs of between 5 & * are normal. PH 5 is more acid & is most common pH. PH 7 is neutral, i.e. neither acidic nor alkaline & same pH as water. PH 8 is slightly alkaline, & in most cases normal. Thus U R not dying of kidney problems. Hope this puts a smile on your face! ...Read more

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Is there a specific brand of urine dipstick to purchase for UTI detection? Is one better than another?

Not to my knowledge: Any of the commercially available home UTI test kits have equal specificity and sensitivity. Consider visiting your doctor if the test suggests an infection, or if the results don't confirm your own suspicions, to obtain more accuarate tests and receive proper treatment. ...Read more

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I had dipstick urine test everything else was negative expect blood shows +/- intact. What does it mean?

I had dipstick urine test everything else was negative expect blood shows +/- intact. What does it mean?

Repeat: I'm going to assume this is not just contamination from your monthly cycle. This will probably be repeated and maybe worked up if positive. Several percent of folks have hematuria for no reason that anyone can determine -- often it's from a particular gene, and it doesn't result in problems. ...Read more

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Cloudy urine for 1week, tested at docs (dipstick analysis), he said my urine was fine albeit cloudy, the test was negative/normal, why is cloudy?

Cloudy urine for 1week, tested at docs (dipstick analysis), he said my urine was fine albeit cloudy, the test was negative/normal, why is cloudy?

Entirely normal: Same questioner as 2 days ago (?). Same reply: Cloudy urine is not abnormal if it occurs without other symptoms like painful urination, urgency, or discharge. It's due to intake of fluids, various foods, etc. Cloudiness usually is from microscopic phosphate crystals; you can check this possibility by adding a few drops of vinegar to a urine sample, which probably will turn it crystal clear. ...Read more

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Is any brand of urine dipstick better than another at detecting uti?

Brands differ: The strips test for nitrite produced by some utis. Certain strips also test for white blood cells . Some dipsticks can test for both, but most test for only one or the other. An area on the end of the strip changes color if you have uti, altho false positive and negative tests occur. Most urinary tract infections can be cured with antibiotics, but see your doctor. ...Read more