All you need to know about urine strips

All you need to know about urine strips

Theurinalysis is very important because it can detect dangerous pathologies that can go unnoticed such as diabetes, kidney damage, urinary tract infection or even damage to the urinary tract or prostate. It can be useful as a first resort if it is used in a specific context such as urinary complaints, monitoring of systemic diseases or for monitoring pregnant women. This analysis is carried out with urine strips.

What is a urine strip?

They come in the form of strips of paper with, at the end, a chemical reagent which changes color on contact with urine. Reading the dipstick is easily interpreted using a color scale system. This system provides an idea of ​​the concentration, presence or absence of certain elements. For a more reliable reading, a urine strip reader can be used.

The strips allow you to analyze morethings like carbohydrate metabolism, urinary tract and kidney function, urinary tract infections and liver disease. Depending on the strips, they can detect 4, 8, 10, 11 pathologies. The reaction is very fast, it usually takes 1 minute to get the result of your test.

A urine test by strip

Urine, an important witness to certain diseases

Theurinalysis is very important for detecting certain diseases. For example, diabetes is detected by the presence of sugar and ketones in the urine. Kidney damage that can be a result of diabetes is noted by the presence of protein. Blood in the urine may be the result of damage to the urinary tract or the prostate.
The quality of urine therefore depends on several factors such as the quality of filtered blood, the functioning of the kidneys or even data specific to the urinary tract. The urine screening is often prescribed by your doctor for a checkup. It can also be done before an operation.

How to do a urine test?

It is possible to analyze your urine yourself, it is a very simple and fast process. To avoid distorting the results, many parameters must be taken into account, screening is done on an empty stomach:

  • To start, wash your hands and private parts with soap or a Dakin solution. If you don’t have one, you can opt for wipes.
  • Eliminate the first jet of urine in the toilet
  • Urinate in the pot without touching the top edge
  • Dip the strips in your urine as described in the instructions for use
  • Finally, read the result by comparing the color obtained and that found on the bottle. It is necessary to respect an expectation which is specified by the manufacturer.

If you have your urine tested by a professional:

  • Close the jar lid
  • Remember to wash your hands well
  • Enter your surname, first name and the date of collection
  • Bring the collection as quickly as possible to the laboratory, taking your vital card and your prescription.

What are the essential strips for a health professional?

There are many strips on the market, 4 parameters, 5, 8, 10, 11? Box of 50? 100? How to choose from all of its options?
To choose the strips, several parameters must be taken into account. If you have a precise idea of ​​what you want to check you can turn to a strip of 4 parameters. If you want to do a general test you can opt for a strip of 8 pathologies.

It is possible to detect thanks to the strips
Exacto uritop 8 :

  • Glucose
  • Blood
  • pH
  • Protein
  • Nitrite
  • Leukocytes
  • Ketone
  • Ketone body

If you want an even wider test you can go to a strip with 10 parameters, we recommend the strips
Exacto uritop 10 :

  • Urobilinogen
  • Glucose
  • Bilirubin
  • Ketone body
  • Density
  • Blood
  • pH
  • Protein
  • Nitrites
  • Leukocytes

The number of strips is also important, if you must regularly do urine tests, it is better to buy a box of 100 strips like our model Siemens mulstix 8 SG. Otherwise, opt for a box of 50 strips.

The urine test strips are used by healthcare professionals to detect certain diseases and monitor conditions such as urinary tract infections. On the other hand, although urinalysis is very important to detect certain diseases, it is only a diagnosis. It must be supplemented by other analyzes to confirm or not this data.

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