Urinalysis

Urinalysis testing is great if you would like to find out more about your health. Many underlying health conditions can be found through a Urinalysis test such as kidney cancer, internal bleeding, heart disease, and more. If you would to like a Urinalysis test, then come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids.


What Are the Conditions Found with Urinalysis?

With a urinalysis test that is performed by a laboratory technician, it is possible to learn more about a wide range of health problems in your body. At an urgent care center, you can request a urinalysis test to learn more about your health.

Here are some of the health conditions that are found with a urinalysis test:

  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance abuse
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney stones
  • Glucose abnormalities
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Internal bleeding

What Are Some of the Signs of a Urinary Tract Disorder?

Urine primarily contains water, but it can also contain waste particles that change the color of the urine. You should have clear or pale urine that has no odor. However, certain foods such as garlic, asparagus, or onions can change the odor of your body’s urine. If you are perspiring heavily or failing to drink enough water, then you can become dehydrated, and this will change the color or odor of your urine.

What Are the Substances Found in Urine?

A laboratory technician can perform additional tests to find certain chemicals in the urine to help with the diagnosis of a medical issue.

Some of the chemicals that a laboratory technician looks for include:

  • Waxy casts – indicating that you have renal disease
  • Calcium oxalate – found when you have kidney stones
  • White blood cell casts – indicates that you have some type of infection
  • Red blood cell casts – found when you have some type of urinary tract disorder
  • Pyuria – caused by an infection in the urinary tract
  • Hematuria – indicates that you have kidney stones, infections, or a tumor

When you arrive at the urgent care center, you will provide your medical history before using the restroom to fill a plastic specimen cup with your urine. A laboratory technician can examine the urine with a microscope, or alternatively, there are urine test strips that will indicate an abnormality.

Urinalysis Testing Requested by Employers

Your employer may request a urinalysis test occasionally to determine if you are drinking alcohol or using drugs while you are working. If you are applying for a job, then you may need a urinalysis test before you are hired. A urinalysis test can determine if you are pregnant or reveal that you have certain types of sexually transmitted diseases. To learn more about urinalysis testing, contact WellCare Urgent Care today.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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