Diagnosing Yeast in Urine
Candiduria is usually diagnosed through a urine culture ordered by your doctor and performed in a lab. Because yeast normally lives on the skin and in the vaginal area, even in healthy people, it's common for urine samples to become contaminated. So if one urine test is positive for yeast, your doctor might test again to confirm that it's coming from your urinary tract.
One clue you can check for at home is abnormal urine pH. You can easily test urine pH using Diagnox's Urinox-10 test strips. The test strips are a discrete and affordable way to test your urine at home without a doctor's order.
Normal urine pH ranges from about 4.6 to 8. With a bacterial UTI, urine is alkaline, meaning you'll see a higher pH when testing . If you have a UTI caused by yeast, your urine will likely be acidic, meaning a urine test will show a lower-than-normal pH level . Fungal UTIs aren't the only cause of acidic urine, so it's important to see a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. To learn more, refer to our blog on how to use at home yeast infection test .
Treating Yeast in Urine
Not all cases of yeast in urine require treatment. Doctors typically only treat patients who are experiencing symptoms of an infection, like fever or pain with urination. If the underlying cause of yeast in urine is obvious, like having a catheter or uncontrolled diabetes, treating the cause will often clear up the yeast without treating the yeast specifically.
If you have yeast in your urine and are experiencing symptoms of an infection, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication like fluconazole . If your doctor prescribes a medication, take it exactly as prescribed and follow up as needed.