Urine test strips are akin to small chemical-laced strips that change color on being dipped into urine samples. The immersion of strips is required for merely 1 to 2 minutes and the results of the urine test start appearing on the strip. These strips are widely used by individuals to testing several problems that start reflecting in the urine, like levels of glucose and ketones; presence of bilirubin and urobilinogen in body. Many women use urine test strips for testing the extent of UTI.
The urine test strips look like a ribbon and are made up of paper or plastic material. Their width is nearly 5 mm and there are number of zones that are smeared with various chemicals that react with urine and render conclusive results. Various chemicals on reacting with urine produce distinctive colors that are attributed to different problems. The paper test strips are used for determining single reaction, whereas strips having multiple chemical pads can be used for determining multiple results at the same time.
Different kinds of urine test strips are used for varying purposes. While some of the strips help in knowing if infection is present in the body or not, others give more conclusive results in the form of different color intensities that indicate towards severity of the infection. Understandably, lighter and darker colors signify weak and strong infection respectively. The manufacturer of urine test strips provides the color scale that helps on reading the results without any need of any other referential equipment.
Urine test strips help in analyzing and consequently controlling many problems including UTI and diabetes. These strips are very easy and convenient to use as they eliminate the need of going to doctors or pathological labs every now and then, merely for testing of urine for occurrence of infections prevailing in our bodies.