Home Test for Protein in Urine

Topic Overview

If you have pre-eclampsia or chronic kidney disease, your health professional may instruct you to check the protein content in your urine at home. Increased protein is a sign that your kidneys are being damaged.

To test your urine on a daily basis, use a simple test kit containing a urine testing strip that you dip into a fresh sample of your urine. Follow the instructions on the kit and find the results by matching the colour of the strip to colour blocks on the container.

You can buy urine testing strips at most pharmacies and drugstores. The cost of the strips may not be covered by provincial health plans.

Record your results in a notebook or log, along with your blood pressure and whether swelling (edema) is present. Notify your health professional of your results as often as needed. You can also take your notebook and results with you to each doctor's visit.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine

Current as ofMarch 15, 2018

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