Leukocytes (urine)

Urinary leukocytes are white blood cells present in the urine. Normally, there are few or no leukocytes in urine; their presence often indicates an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract or kidneys. They are important markers in diagnosing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and other kidney-related issues....

Leukocytes (urine)

Who would benefit from testing their urinary leukocyte levels?

Testing for urinary leukocyte levels is beneficial for individuals showing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as painful urination or frequent urges to urinate. It’s also useful for those with suspected kidney infections, individuals with diabetes or weakened immune systems, and pregnant women, as they are at higher risk for UTIs.

What are symptoms of high urinary leukocyte levels?

  • Painful or burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever or chills

How do you lower your urinary leukocyte levels?

To lower urinary leukocyte levels, it’s essential to treat the underlying cause, typically a urinary tract or kidney infection. This usually involves antibiotics to eliminate the infection. Drinking plenty of water helps flush bacteria from the urinary tract. Maintaining good hygiene, particularly around the genital area, is also important to prevent infections.

What factors affect urinary leukocyte levels?

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Kidney infections
  • Bladder or kidney stones
  • Inflammation in the urinary system
  • Certain medications or medical treatments
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes, which can affect immune function

Test(s) that measure/test for Leukocytes (urine)

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