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Old 07.10.2011, 15:08
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

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So there you go - updated:
Sorry, I should have mentioned the fact that I have a stock of antibiotics at home just in case, meaning that if the test comes up positive, I can take antibiotics and there's no need to see the doctor. I have this "privilege" because I have had more than enough experience in this field for the doctor to trust me not to take medication unnecessarily!

LiB - cranberry juice definitely doesn't always work. Most healthy people can drink loads of water and flush it out, but sometimes these infections advance rapidly and you don't catch it in time. I take cranberry supplements as a preventative measure, but once you've got a UTI, tough luck.
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Old 07.10.2011, 22:31
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

I have Combur Test at home which I got without prescription - and when my daughter complained about the symptoms we tested. These tests are very accurate, it saved us time at the doctor's where she just had to pee to be tested again and got a prescription for antibiotics.

It does NOT replace the doctor's appointment but it makes it a lot easier and faster.
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Old 08.10.2011, 09:51
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

Sorry if I'm missing the obvious but can someone please explain how these home tests save time as I don't see it?

If you test negative, then you need a doctor to investigate the symptoms regardless.

If you test positive, it supposedly makes your doctor's visit faster - but how? You still have to provide a urine sample and get a prescription at the doctor's office. It's not as though they spend heaps of time taking a history. It's your doctor. If you've had frequent UTIs (i.e. thus warranting the home test in the first place), they know.

Not trying to undermine that people think it helps but I'd like to understand how it saves time (certainly not money).

And please people, don't put off getting UTI symptoms checked. An old flatmate of mine did that and ended up with a raging kidney infection.
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Old 08.10.2011, 10:05
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If you test positive, it supposedly makes your doctor's visit faster - but how? You still have to provide a urine sample and get a prescription at the doctor's office. It's not as though they spend heaps of time taking a history. It's your doctor. If you've had frequent UTIs (i.e. thus warranting the home test in the first place), they know.
In my case, I wouldn't have to go to the doctor, saving me time and money. I don't know what the OP's situation is.
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Old 08.10.2011, 10:27
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In my case, I wouldn't have to go to the doctor, saving me time and money. I don't know what the OP's situation is.
How though? You either need the prescription for antibiotics/resistance checks or you need further investigation of your symptoms.
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Sorry if I'm missing the obvious but can someone please explain how these home tests save time as I don't see it?

If you test negative, then you need a doctor to investigate the symptoms regardless.

If you test positive, it supposedly makes your doctor's visit faster - but how? You still have to provide a urine sample and get a prescription at the doctor's office.
It means you go into the office, pee, get a prescripzion, get out. No need to sit in the waiting room and see the doctor to tell your symptoms until she suggests you pee as it might be UTI.
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It means you go into the office, pee, get a prescripzion, get out. No need to sit in the waiting room and see the doctor to tell your symptoms until she suggests you pee as it might be UTI.
Ah, so you can get a prescription from the secretary/assistant here? In Canada, this has to be done by the doctor. Thanks for giving me the scoop on it in Switzerland.

When I went in the secretary would always immediately get me to do a urine test (you explain on the phone the reason for your visit or at the desk if it's a walk-in medical clinic). Then, when the doctor sees you, he/she has the results ready to interpret and either investigates further if negative or writes you a prescription.
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Old 08.10.2011, 12:16
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

The scretary is the one who does the test in the lab anyway. She tells the doc, doc writes prescription. Or at least my doc does.
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Ah, so you can get a prescription from the secretary/assistant here? In Canada, this has to be done by the doctor. Thanks for giving me the scoop on it in Switzerland.
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The scretary is the one who does the test in the lab anyway. She tells the doc, doc writes prescription. Or at least my doc does.
The doctor is the one who makes the decision, the secretary / assistant may write the prescrition, the doctor has to sign it.

In special situations, the secretary / assistant may have to sign the prescription for the doctor, e.g. because the doctor is busy digging in another patient's intestines, but that's meant to be a rare exception and may cause a confirmation call to the doctor at the pharmacy.
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

The cranberry juice should contain more than 5% cranberry to reduce adhesion and biofilm formation of E. coli bacteria to cells of the urinary tract.
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How though? You either need the prescription for antibiotics/resistance checks or you need further investigation of your symptoms.
A few years ago I had recurring UTIs. I knew the symptoms and my doctor gave me a stock of antibiotics with instructions on how much to take should I get one. Saved me time, money and, most importantly, a lot of pain.
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

My constitution has two weak points:

1) Sitting on a cold surface for five minutes triggers a bladder infection. No kidding. It's very reliable. After about twelve such bouts I'm fairly sure it's not just a coincidence.

2) My OH is an alternative medicine buff. Chemistry is bad, bad, bad. Everything natural is good. Period.

Now, I don't see anything fundamentally wrong with alternative medicine, as long as it is not considered a cure for just about everything from bad memory through strep throat to brain tumors. But that's what my OH, whom I love to pieces, by the way, thinks.

Most of the time I try to comply, for peace's sake, even when I know it's wrong. After all, you never know, and it may be worth a try. Ok, count good-naturedness as the third weakness, or take it as part of 2), whichever you prefer.

In February 2008 I spent a whole afternoon in a cold car repair shop because they had called me to have a quick glance at a problem they had found and wanted to know my opinion on what to do. So I was there in my light practice dress and a light jacket, while all the mechanics were tinkering along wearing heavy thermal underwear and ditto boilersuits.

Result: The very same night I came down with the worst bladder infection ever. Besides other things I run a little microbio lab, and I can tell you the bug counts in those petri dishes hit the ceiling.

Unfortunately (well, in that context anyway) my OH was here, not in the USA, so she took care of the problem. Or so she said. The local stores earned a fortune on my cranberry juice consumption, and my blood sugar went on a roller-coaster ride due to all the homeopathic globuli I had to swallow.

Nothing helped, not even a tiny bit. Peeing hurt like mad, and dozens of times I had to run away from patients because of an absolutely irresistible urge to urinate. Needless to say that my condition also affected our love life.

Sometimes it looked like things were slowly improving, and I went on following the alternative path against my own better judgement, even after my OH had flown back to the USA. However, it was an up-and-down thing, or rather down and up, for several months.

Then, before flying to the USA myself in summer, I said to myself I wouldn't like to share our American queen size bed with a still raging infection. Without telling my OH, I took an antibiotic for a few days. It cost about as much as three bottles of cranberry juice. Within two days all the symptoms disappeared, and they haven't come back ever since.

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Old 08.10.2011, 19:52
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How though? You either need the prescription for antibiotics/resistance checks or you need further investigation of your symptoms.
As Zymogen (and I in previous posts) has stated - it's a question of having a stock of antibiotics. If the OP doesn't have this, then what I've posted is irrelevant.
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Re: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) home test

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A UTI home test? How is this even accurate?

Blood and proteins can show up from a number of other conditions. Also, when you see a doctor for a UTI test, they prescribe an antibiotic and then send your urine off to be tested with that particular antibiotic and a number of others.

This ensures you've been prescribed an antibiotic to which your specific bacteria/infection won't be resistant.
Looking at the instruction leaflet for the one I have, it gives you levels of white and red blood cells and nitrite. So then it would speed things up I guess if you go to the doctor with some more specific information. I would've liked that the first time I had a UTI, I was scared it was something really nasty and had loads of tests done. I remember I had to phone the surgery for results and had to tell them what tests were done.. hiding in the car park at work whispering "gonorrhea"
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