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Detecting urinary tract infections

25.08.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Urine Infection | Author: Colin

In a recent Woman’s Hour article on Radio 4, the topic of urinary tract infections (UTIs) was discussed with healthcare professionals. It was highlighted that it is not a topic that is discussed openly with many women and in fact there can be a large degree of embarrassment surrounding the subject. Listen to the full article.

Here at Allanda we recognize that UTIs may not be something that you feel comfortable discussing and we stock a great product that detects UTIs: the TENA U-test. By sparing individuals the cumbersome routine of urine collection, comfort and dignity are improved whilst also significantly reducing the workload for carers.

TENA U-test is a unique product for detecting urinary tract infections. Taking 15 minutes to validate results, TENA U-test works by detecting the presence of nitrates and/or leucocytes in urine. Results are valid for up to 24 hours and facilitate no interruption to individual incontinence pad changing routines.

For full details of how to use and purchase the TENA U-test, please click here.

TENA U-test – Revolutionary new way to detect urine infections

03.12.2013 | Posted in: News, TENA U Test, U-Test, Urine Infection | Author: Colin

TENA U-test is a brand new product that revolutionises testing for urine infections.  TENA U-test works by detecting the presence of nitrates and/or leucocytes in urine using a small patch placed in the incontinence pad. Results can be obtained just 15 minutes after urination and remain valid for up to 24 hours afterwards. This means that there needs to be no interruption to individual incontinence pad changing routines.

By sparing people the cumbersome routine of urine collection, comfort and dignity are improved whilst also significantly reducing the workload for carers.

To use simple remove from the TENA U-test from the packet, then apply Test card (adhesive side down) into a clean pad, before putting the individual puts the pad on as normal. Test results are available 15 minutes after urination takes place so you can follow normal changing routines and remove the TENA U-test at the next planned pad change. Pull out the blue strip to reveal the test card and the results can be read off the result card.

 

Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most common reasons for seeing a GP

03.08.2012 | Posted in: Advice, Urine Infection | Author: Colin

The recent experience of Prince Phillip highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy bladder and continence regime. Poor bladder or urinary habits are unlikely to cause incontinence, however the risk of causing a  Urinary Tract Infections is far higher.

Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most common reasons for seeing a GP with approximately one in two women and one in twenty men experiencing a Urinary Tract Infections in their lifetime.

A faint prickly feeling during urination is usually the first sign of a urinary infection. Bacteria can be present in a urine sample without causing any symptoms. This is more common in women who have diabetes, repeated Urinary Tract Infections, or in the elderly. This type of infections may not always need treatment except in special situations, such as in pregnant women.

Urinary Tract Infections with symptoms are most common among sexually active women. Common symptoms can include:

–        burning sensation when passing urine

–        wanting to urinate more often, if only to pass a few drops

–        cloudy, bloody or very smelly urine

–        pain in the lower part of your body

Signs of Urinary Tract Infections in children can also include:

–        low fever

–        irritability

–        new day or night wetting in a child who has been dry

–        feeding problems in babies

If the infection moves to the kidneys, this may also cause a high fever, back pain and vomiting. It is important to see a doctor if a kidney infection or kidney stones are suspected because lasting damage or even kidney failure can occur, if these conditions are left untreated.

Because Urinary Tract Infections can be the result of a more serious medical condition, it is important to seek prompt medical advice for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Besides the use of prescription drugs, sometimes mild cystitis can be treated by:

–        drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, as it can help to flush out bacteria.

–        avoid acidic food or drinks (caffeine, acidic foods, spices, citrus fruits, tomatoes, alcohol and chocolate) as these foods may increase your discomfort and can aggravate the burning sensation when passing urine.

–        use a heating pad on your abdomen to minimize bladder pressure or discomfort.

Medical advice is needed if self-help treatments aren’t working. The doctor usually tests the urine to check for blood, white blood cells and cell acidity. Urinary Tract Infections respond well to antibiotics.