Urine Test Strips
UTI Test 5V® 50 x Urine Test Strips.
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Sweet Cures® ’ own dedicated test Strips are a fast and easy-to-use indicator of 5 main elements (Leukocytes, Nitrites, Protein, pH, Blood) and help you know more precisely what is going on with your urine. You can manage the pH of your urine, check for nitrites and infection and monitor your progress. We enclose an information sheet but please see a doctor or urologist for a more detailed interpretation of the results of the test strips.
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How to use Urine Test Strips
Whilst UTI Test 5V® is suitable for professional testing by medical professionals, it is also suitable for home use. We thus include a very easy to understand guide for people who are not at all technical, as well as the full medical information leaflet, for professionals who understand the technicalities.
Full instructions are inside the box
The Test Strips are intended as a fast and easy-to-use indicator of the infection condition of your urine. See your doctor or urologist for more detailed advice about interpreting the results of the test strips.
- Urinate into a clean container.
- Remove one test strip and close the container tightly immediately. Dip the strip into the urine for 2 seconds. Tap off the side of the container to remove excess. Excess that passes between the urine reagents on the strip invalidates the results.
- Observe the reagent patches on the test strip. The first item to check (after 20 - 30 seconds) is the pH 2nd from bottom.
- If the reagent has gone Orange, that's too acidic.
- If it has gone deep green that's too alkaline.
- Check the Protein (middle one). Any greenish/ turquoise indication is a sign of the presence of protein. The darker it is, the more is present. This usually means your kidneys are involved in an infection. See your doctor for advice.
- Check for red Blood. Any green coloration means blood presence (red blood cells). If the reagent goes deep green within 60 seconds of dipping the strip, it means a lot of blood in your urine. This can be caused by a number of different things, so try not to worry and consult your doctor for advice.
- Check for Nitrites next (2nd top indicator) Nitrites are cracked from Nitrates by bacteria, so any pink coloration indicates bacterial presence.
- Check the final reagent (the top one) for Leukocytes (white blood cells). Any pink coloration within 2 minutes of dipping the strip means inflammation is present and perhaps bacteria.
You can adjust your urine pH by diet. See Making your urine more alkaline or try call a dietician from the Yellow Pages.
The more colouration on the strip within the time frames indicated, the more certain it is that bacteria are present, and at higher concentrations. To have your urine checked to find out detailed information about bacterial strains and kidney involvement, or for further interpretation of the results, see your doctor or other medical expert.
Other things to consider
Whilst monitoring the health of your urine is important to understanding your progress, it may not represent the whole picture. UTI Test 5V® can tell you with a strong degree of reliability if there is still infection present in your urine, but cannot tell you what species of bacteria are causing the infection. If natural remedies are unable to clear the infection, have your urine cultured by a competent clinic to identify the agents of infection.
Urine Test Benefits
- Simple home test, with 50 strips per pack, allowing repeat testing over an extended period.
- Quickly check the pH of your urine. A pH of 7.5 to 8 (alkaline) helps slow bacterial growth in most cases and helps prevent future infections. Our grandmothers new this and used to drink lemon barley water to create an alkaline environment, inhospitable to most bacteria that cause UTIs.
- Checks for Blood, Leukocytes, Protein and Nitrites. Blood and Leukocytes indicate inflammation and or infection. Protein means possible kidney involvement in the infection. Nitrites are normally only in the urine if bacteria are present.
- Gives medical-level reliability.
- Provides simple instructions for home use.
- A diagnostic aid trusted by Sweet Cures customers for many years. We have sold thousands of test kits, and have always receive excellent feedback on their effectiveness and how easy they are to use in comparison to other brands.
- Normally received the next day.
- Supported by an unrivalled customer service team with 10 years experience
UTI Test 5V® Reviews
Urine Test Principles And Limitation
The test reveals the presence of granulocyte esterases. These esterases cleave an indoxyl ester, and the indoxyl so liberated reacts with a diazonium salt to produce a violet dye.
Leukocyte esterase results may be positive in the absence of observable cells if the leukocytes have lysed. Positive results may occasionally be found with random specimens from females due to contamination of the specimen by vaginal discharge. Elevated glucose concentrations (55-110 mmol/L) or high specific gravity may cause decreased test results. The presence of cephalexin, cephalothin, or tetracycline may cause decreased reactivity, and high levels of the drug may cause a false negative reaction. The test area does not react with lymphocytes.
The test is based on the principle of Griess’s test and is specific to nitrites. Any degree of uniform pink colour development should be interpreted as a positive.
Positive results of the nitrites test suggests the presence of 105 (100,000) or more organisms per mL of urine, but colour development is not proportional to the number of bacteria present. A negative result does not in itself prove that there is no significant bacteriuria. Negative results may occur when urinary tract infections are caused by organisms that do not contain reductase to convert nitrate to nitrite; when urine has not been retained in the bladder long enough (4-8hrs) for reduction of nitrate to occur; or when dietary nitrate is absent, even if organisms containing reductase are present and bladder incubation is ample. Ascorbic acid concentrations of 2.8mmol/L or greater may cause false negative results with specimens containing nitrite ion concentrations of 35μmol/L or less.
The test is based on the principle of the protein error of a pH indicator.
The reagent area is sensitive to albumin. An elevated pH (up to 9) may affect the test. If the residue of disinfectant containing quaternary ammonium groups or chlorhexidine is present in the urine collection container, this may lead to a false positive result.
This test contains a mixed indicator which assures a marked change in colour between pH5 and pH8.5. It may be necessary to repeat this test a number of times with a space of 3 hours between tests to determine the prevailing pH. High or low pH or wild swings in pH may indicate presence of bacteriuria.
Haemoglobin and myoglobin catalyze the oxidation of the indicator by means of organic hydroperoxide contained in the test paper.
This test is highly sensitive to haemoglobin and thus complements microscopic examination. The sensitivity of this test may be reduced in urine with high specific gravity. The test is equally sensitive to myoglobin as to haemoglobin (Haemoglobin concentration of 150-620 μg/L is approximately equivalent to 5-15 intact red occult blood cells per microlitre). Captopril and Lodine may also cause decreased reactivity. Blood is often found in the urine of menstruating females. Certain oxidizing contaminants, such as hypochlorite, may produce false positive results. Microbial peroxidase associated with urinary tract infection may cause a false positive reaction. Ascorbic acid concentrations of 2.0mmol/L or greater may cause false negatives at the trace levels.
Sensitivity And Range
Sensitivity is dependent upon the presence or absence of interfering specimens.
Based on the dry weight content of each reagent in 100 strips:
Leukocytes: indoxyl ester 1.4mg, diazonium salt 0.7mg;
Nitrite: sulfanilamide 0.65mg, N-(naphthyl)-ethylenediammonium dihydrochloride 0.45mg;
Protein: tetrabromphenol blue 0.36mg;
pH: methyl red 0.06mg, bromthymol blue 1.3mg;
Blood: cumene hydroperoxide 35.2mg, 3,3',5,5' -Tetramethylbenzidine 15.0mg.
1. HANDLING: Use a clean container to collect urine. False-positive readings for Blood can result from residues of strongly oxidizing disinfectants in the specimen collection container. Do not add preservatives to the urine to be tested.
2. OPERATION: Incorrect results may be obtained when you shake the strip in specimen container. Dip for approx. two seconds. If the dipping time is too short or too long, the results may be unpredictable.
Specimen Collection And Preparation
Collect urine in a clean container and test as soon as possible. Do not centrifuge. Use of urine preservatives is not recommended. If testing cannot be performed within one hour after voiding, refrigerate the specimen immediately. Allow refrigerated specimen to return to room temperature before testing.
1. Remove one strip from the bottle at a time and replace cap tightly.
2. Completely immerse reagent areas of the strip in fresh, well mixed urine. Remove the strip immediately to avoid the dissolving out of reagent areas.
3. While removing, tap the strip against the rim of the urine container to remove excess urine. Blot the urine strip on a long edge, on absorbent paper. Avoid running over (contamination from adjacent reagent pads).
4. Compare each reagent area to its corresponding colour blocks, shown on the colour chart and read at the times specified. Proper read-time is critical for optimal results.
5. Obtain results by direct colour chart comparison.
NOTE: All reagent areas may be read between 1-2 minutes for differentiating a positive sample from a negative sample. Changes in colour after 2 minutes are of no diagnostic value.
For best results, performance of reagent strips should be confirmed by comparing with known negative and positive specimens or controls. This procedure is recommended after use of every 25 urine strips and for each change in urine strip containers and lot. User/labs should establish their own goals for performance standards.
Results are obtained by direct comparison of the colour chart printed on the container label. The colour chart represents nominal values. Actual values will vary around the nominal values.
Improper storage may cause insufficient performance of test strips. Return to room temperature before use. Do not use deteriorated, discoloured or blackened test strips. Avoid contamination by volatile chemicals. Do not touch test papers of reagent strips.
On principle, diagnosis or therapy should not be based on one test result alone but should be established in the context of all other medical findings. Knowledge of the effects of drugs or their metabolites upon the individual tests is not yet complete. In doubtful cases, it is therefore advisable to repeat the test after discontinuing a particular drug. Large amounts of ascorbic acid in the urine can produce artificially low to false-negative results for blood and nitrites.
Storage and Stability
Store at temperatures between 2 C to 30 C avoiding humidity, direct sunlight, or heat. Store only in the original bottle. Do not remove desiccants. Do not remove a strip from the bottle until immediately before it is to be used for testing. Replace cap immediately and tightly after removing reagent strip. Unused strips that remain in the original capped container should be used within 3 months. Do not use reagent strips after the expiry date printed on the label.