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Dr. Brasu are you available to answer a few questions
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.


I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

Let me know your questions. I can help you out.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I had a 24 hour urine test done in July and everything was normal. I have had some home urine tests sticks that I bought and it always shows 2 + or 1+ or trace. Every once In awhile a net rating. Well today I took two and they both showed 2+. Is this a bad sign that something is wrong now
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the further information.

The stick test is qualitative test and its sensitivity is not high. A 24 hours urinary protein test is very specific and sensitive test for the protein leak from kidneys in urine. Since this is normal; there is no worry. It supersedes the stick test.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Even if my 24 hour test was 6 months ago
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

If the stick tests showed the positive proteins 6 months ago also and than the 24 hours urinary proteins were normal; than it is not likely to be worrisome. Though you may just get the 24 hours test repeated for the confirmation.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my urinalysis was a 2+ then as well... I assuming you use a home stick it can only be used once correct? Once it dries out you can't use it again correct? My husband said to use it again because it was the last one but it registered like a 3+ but earlier it was a 2+ when I used it for the first time
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Urine stick is used only once. A repeat use would give wrong result.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my urinalysis being a 2+ this summer is that a good thing for me then? Two plus them and now?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Yes, this is unlikely to be worrisome.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can kidney issues really change that fast in 6 months? Everything in normal range then to something bad now ....?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Won't change in 6 months usually.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm probably worrying for nothing then?? I have normal blood pressure, no family history, no weird fevers, no frequent urination, or any other symptoms just 2+ protein?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Yes, nothing worrisome as we discussed it earlier.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there a way to check your protein at home without a stick
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 1 year ago.

There is not, and dipstick results are unreliable.

No one should be checking their urine at home unless directed to do so by their medical provider. It is a waste of time and money. You have had a complete workup within the past 6 months and your kidneys are completely normal.