Urinalysis

Nitrite, Urine

Optimal Result: 0 - 0.001 Units.

The presence of nitrates in urine is often considered a predictor of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of nitrites in urine. These occur when bacteria infect the bladder, ureters, or kidneys. Nitrites are byproducts of nitrogen waste. Bacteria responsible for an infection feed on this waste, breaking it down into nitrates, which can appear in the urine.

What does it mean if your Nitrite, Urine result is too high?

The presence of nitrates in the urine is a direct indicator of a bacterial infection. On visual inspection of the urine, it may look darker than usual and possibly tea colored, but this is not a good indicator of infection. Urinary tract infections often present with a burning sensation during urination. 

Treating nitrates in urine:

When diagnosed with a UTI, a prescription for a course of antibiotics will be prescribed to treat the infection. It is important to complete the medication as instructed to fully resolve the UTI and prevent reoccurrence. While antibiotic use is considered the best course of action, there are several actions one can do to decrease the chances of developing UTIs from developing in the first place, they are as follows:

  • Stay hydrated: By drinking adequate amounts of water every day, you can flush out bacteria that is in the urinary system. Some people believe that adding a teaspoon of baking soda to eight ounces of water and drinking it three times a day will help.
  • Cranberry juice: A common drink to help treat UTI symptoms. It is import to get pure cranberry juice and not a mixture to benefit from its use. Symptoms may subside in two to five days with regular consumption.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Thought to help the body fight off infection, it may help with UTI infections as well. Mix three teaspoons with water and consume the mixture for three days will help kill germs in the system.
  • Over the counter medication: Using analgesic medication to help relieve pain can be useful. But getting a doctor’s opinion and some antibiotics will be the best method of fully resolving UTI symptoms.

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