Urine Culture

Urine culture is used to detect the presence of bacteria in the urine during a urinary tract infection. Infection usually begins in the urethra, which ascends into the urinary bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The common symptoms are frequent urination, burning sensation on peeing, fever, and constant urge to pee.

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My 95-year-old mother's urinalysis report is negative for WBCs, nitrites, and RBCs, but her urine culture report is positive. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I take care of my 95-year-old mother. Can one have a complete negative urinalysis for WBCs, nitrites, and RBCs but still have a positive urine culture? If a doctor does not request urine microscopy and you do not take it midstream or a senior citizen cannot do it easily, will it not creat...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. Yes, there are chances to have a positive urine culture despite normal WBC (white blood cell) levels, urine routine, and microscopy reports, which are, at best, screening tools. However, it may also be the opposite, that is, leukocytes and pus ...  Read Full »

Why do I have low-back pain and constant tenderness and irritation on my bladder?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. I have constant pressure, tenderness, and irritation on what is either my bladder or uterus. When I went for urgent care (if my lower back also started to ache), it was assumed a kidney infection or UTI. Urinalysis shows no infection but does find blood. Tapping...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You are suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). I suggest you need three tests to confirm it, namely ultrasound abdomen and urine routine microscopy with culture. Urinalysis is not the definite investigation for the diagnosis of U...  Read Full »

What is the reason for fever during the recovery phase of dengue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 5 year old son, who is 16.5 kg. He is suffering from dengue since one week, and his platelets count dropped to 62,000. The platelet count increased to 83,000, but the next day, he got a fever of 99.9 F. Why is he getting fever during the recovery phase of dengue? Please advice...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of fever could be low-grade SIRS (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) in the recovery phase of dengue. Usually, fever lasts for 7 to 8 days, and the platelet starts to rise after day five. There are other causes as well, for example, co-infection ...  Read Full »

Is the presence of ketones in urine a sign of kidney damage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 5 feet and 5 inches, 112 lbs and eat a normal diet. I recently had a urine test with trace ketones, although negative for glucose. My test showed cloudy clarity and presence of crystals. All the other values on the urine test were normal. I also had normal blood tests. My doctor is...  Read Full »


Dr. Pankaj Jawandhiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The body generally uses glucose as its source of energy. When it uses fat as a source of energy, ketones are formed. It is a common finding in diabetes, called as diabetic ketoacidosis. It can also occur during starvation when glucose is not available as an ener...  Read Full »

Is UTI contagious?

Query: Hi doctor, A few days ago I was diagnosed with UTI infection. I was put on antibiotics, and the ER doctor sent my urine for a culture. My doctor told me that Klebsiella pneumoniae is present in my urine culture and referred me to a specialist. What does it mean? I am 23 years old and sexually active...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. UTI - urinary tract infection caused by Klebsiella takes longer to get treated. But, once cleared it should not come back. Recurrent UTI could be due to kidney stones, diabetes, dehydration, involvement of upper urinary tract, frequent sexual encounters, etc. I would ...  Read Full »

What is your suggestion for my stomach pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55 year old female. I am suffering from stomach pain. My ultrasound scan was reported as normal. The CT scan report is normal with an impression as minimal free fluid in the pelvis. Our physician told that I have some infection in the intestine and was advised to take antibiotic an...  Read Full »


Dr. Tim Evans

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Before proceeding any further, a few things I would need to know. How long have your symptoms been present for? Why did you have your uterus and ovaries removed? Was it for cancer or not? The first thing I note is that (attachment removed to protect patient ide...  Read Full »

Can taking multiple antibiotics cause redness and dryness of vagina?

Query: Hello doctor, Ever since being on multiple antibiotics for a persistent UTI a year ago, I have had vaginal problems. It was first a bout of yeast infections and then BV. I have tried many pills, external and internal creams, home remedies, and diet changes, but still, I have redness and dryness exte...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Sorry to hear what you have been through. I feel you are having an imbalance in the normal and abnormal organism growth. For a normal vagina, you need both normal and abnormal organisms. When you take too many antibiotics one after other, it kills m...  Read Full »

Why am I suffering from cloudy urine for a month?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last one month, I have been suffering from cloudy urine. It is intermittent and does not happen every day. But, when I am urinating I can visually see my urine changing color to milky white. It happens nearly always at the end of my urine stream. Why?  Read Full »


Dr. Raja Ramesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cloudy urine could be too many causes like phosphaturia (phosphorus in urine), pyuria (pus in urine), chyluria (chyle in urine), stone disease, etc. The exact content that is causing cloudiness should be identified and treatment given accordingly. Do urine...  Read Full »

What are the effects of Adderall on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, Around 15 years ago, I used to take a lot of Amphetamine and used to masturbate a lot. As a result, I caused a huge amount of damage to the penis and it constantly leaked urine. 3 years ago, I plucked up the courage finally to see a urologist, who said that my urethra was red and angry. B...  Read Full »


Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please relax and do not worry. I think there is no relation about your past habit of Amphetamines and present burning in urethra. The burning pain of the urethra may be due to subclinical infection, which is not detected in urine test that you had. Did you hav...  Read Full »

My penis got bent during rough masturbation. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, Two months ago, I got my penis bent during rough masturbation. It is still bent a bit at the head and the shaft. During sex, I feel something is wrong. I also feel that my penis has become more flaccid and swollen. It feels a little bit larger and very soft. All these problems started ...  Read Full »


Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate that you have come up with the issue before wasting money, as many people do. Also, you have described your problem very clearly. I have seen the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not a penile fracture from the history ...  Read Full »

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