The simple visual inspection of urine may be just as accurate as standard laboratory tests in determining if there is a urinary tract infection (UTI) present, according to a new study.
Researchers obtained urine samples from 159 patients ranging in age from 4 weeks to 19 years.
They note that "The finding of clear urine on visual inspection had a negative predictive value of 97.3%. These results were similar to those obtained with standard urinalysis."
"Clear urine on visual inspection cannot completely eliminate the possibility that a child has a urinary tract infection. However, it is a reproducible test that offers the advantages of being simple, fast, and inexpensive. The finding of clear urine should be considered a reasonable and relatively effective bedside screen for the presence of a urinary tract infection," the authors conclude.
Pediatrics November, 2000; 106: e60
Another great little gem. Imagine, simple visual inspection of the urine for diagnosing a UTI. This is a major clinical pearl that is incredibly valuable.
Regarding the color of your urine, it really should be light yellow. If it is much darker it means you are dehydrated. Or, if you are taking a multiple vitamin or B2 (riboflavin), the color of your urine may be fluorescent yellow. So looking at your urine can be very helpful.
While on the topic for those with recurrent UTIs, cranberry juice is frequently recommended. Although the cranberry juice likely works I would not advise using it. The juice has far too much sugar in it.
However, the active ingredient found in cranberries called mannose should be used instead. In the past, mannose has been difficult to obtain due to costs and manufacturing capabilities. The pure, high-quality form has just recently become commercially available as a natural supplement, and now I can finally offer it to you!
ClearTract D-Mannose is not a drug. This nutritional supplement occurs naturally in peaches, apples, and berries. D-mannose is a rare saccharide found in some plant and food substances -- and we even produce it in our own bodies. Non-toxic and safe, ClearTract D-Mannose:
- Supports a healthy urinary tract
- Is 10- 50 times stronger than cranberry!
- Produces rapid action in as little as 24-48 hours
- Does not kill friendly bacteria
- Is safe for long term use -- neutral pH
- Is 100% all natural D-Mannose and nothing else
- Is the strongest natural urinary tract product available
The mannose actually adheres to the receptors on the lining of the bladder that attach to the bacteria. This forces the bacteria to slide right off and into the toilet. It is amazingly effective, but you must remember it is only a Band-Aid, though a far safer one than prophylactic antibiotic use or cranberry juice.
It is important to note that if D-Mannose is not working, you will want to consider the use of an antibiotic, as the infection can spread into your kidneys and cause some very serious damage if left untreated.
Another pearl is for women to ONLY use white unscented toilet paper as many women react to the dyes and chemicals in the other toilet papers.
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