How Do Home UTI Tests Work?
Over-the-counter urinary tract infection test strips like the Diagnox UTI test are simple and easy to use. Each individual test is packaged in a sterile pouch. The test consists of a dipstick with two reagent pads that test for inflammation and bacteria. You will collect a urine sample in a clean container, then quickly submerge the dipstick in the sample. You then remove the dipstick and wait two minutes for results. You can read the results by comparing the colors on the reagent pads to a chart on the test packaging.
The pads on the dipstick change color to indicate the presence of white blood cells (leukocytes) or bacteria. Bacteria is the cause of the UTI, and its presence indicates infection. The presence of white blood cells indicates that your immune system is working to fight the infection.
What if My Home UTI Test Is Positive?
If you take a UTI test at home and the strip indicates that you have a UTI, you can call your doctor to discuss what to do next. The home test is the starting point for talking to your doctor about additional testing and recommendations for treatment.
What if My Home UTI Test Is Negative?
A negative UTI home test is good news because it means you likely don’t have an infection. This can help you avoid unnecessary antibiotic use. If symptoms continue or get worse, you can test again and see if an infection has developed in the time since your last test.
If you have significant, ongoing UTI-like symptoms without a positive result on a home test, you can talk to your doctor about other possible causes for your symptoms.
Diagnox UTI Tests
Diagnox at-home UTI test kit is a simple and convenient way to get tested as soon as you notice UTI symptoms. The tests are easy to use and give you quick, accurate results.
By empowering individuals to listen to their body’s needs, Diagnox aims for better health for all. Learn more about urinary tract infections - testing, and prevention strategies at our dedicated blogs page for UTIs in this link.