The Easy Home Bladder and Urinary Tract self-test
The Easy Home Bladder and Urinary Tract is the self-test when it comes to detecting a present bladder infection or an infection elsewhere in the urinary tract. With this self-test you can find out if there are albumin, nitrite, red blood cells and / or white blood cells in your urine. These substances are present with a urinary tract infection or with kidney damage. In the presence of one of these substances, the associated test field becomes discolored. In addition, "not OK" appears.
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Operation of the bladder and urinary tract self-test
The Easy Home bladder and Urinary tract self-test tests for the presence of 4 different substances that may be present in the urine if an urinary tract infection has occurred.
Albumin is one of the most common proteins in the blood. This protein, which is in the blood plasma, is responsible for transporting medicines and vitamins through the body. Albumin also ensures that the blood pressure remains the same. Because of the large volume, it draws moisture from the tissue back into the blood vessels. Its large size also ensures that an Albumin molecule almost never leaves the blood vessels. Albumin is therefore not or not demonstrably present in human urine.
If albumin does occur in the urine, it indicates a poor filter function of the kidneys. These should keep albumin in the blood and not release it in the urine. The disturbed filter function is due to (hidden) kidney damage.
With the Easy Home Bladder and Urinary Tract self-test, the presence of albumin in the urine is easy to prove. The yellow test zone with buffer (to keep the pH constant) discolored in the presence of more than 300 mg / L albumin green blue.
Nitrite is not naturally present in the urine. This substance is only present in the urine if bacteria have converted nitrate into nitrite. The presence of nitrite in the urine therefore indicates a bacterial infection of the urinary tract.
If there is more than 1.5 mg / L of nitrite in the urine, the self-test test zone turns red because nitrite reacts with the substance applied to the test zone (Griess reagent: amine).
It is important to know that by no means all bacteria that can cause a urinary tract infection convert nitrite into nitrate. For that reason, it is also important to test for the presence of other substances, such as red and white blood cells, in the urine.
Red blood cells
Red blood cells can occasionally occur in urine. In most cases this is not bad at all. Most healthy people sometimes have a small number of red blood cells in their urine. Nevertheless, it is important to investigate if something is wrong with the presence of blood in the urine. The presence of red blood cells in the urine can indicate a urinary tract infection, but it can also indicate kidney stones, bladder stones, internal injuries, vascular abnormalities and a number of other disorders.
It is therefore wise to go to the doctor in the presence of red blood cells in the urine.
In the presence of hemoglobin (a substance found in red blood cells), the test zone of the Easy Home Bladder and Urinary Tract self-test changes from yellow to green. This is because hemoglobin reacts with the organic hydrogen peroxide applied to the test zone. This discoloration only occurs if there are more than 10,000,000 cells / L in the urine.
White blood cells
The presence of white blood cells indicates an inflammatory response in the urinary tract. This inflammatory response is caused by a bacterial invasion of the urinary tract.
White blood cells can also be present in the urine if there is no urinary tract infection or cystitis. Indeed, there are other conditions that can also cause the presence of white blood cells in the urine. At this point you could think of:
- Bladder stones
Esterase is an enzyme that occurs naturally in white blood cells. This enzyme splits a chemical compound (carboxylic acid ester), which releases alcohol. The released alcohol binds with the diazo salt on the test zone. This causes the test zone to turn violet. This discoloration only occurs if there are more than 25,000,000 cells / L.
Contents of the Easy Home test
3 test strips