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Recurring yeast infections. Urine test showing leukocyte traces. What does it mean?

i went to the gynae because i suspected a yeast infection which keep recurring . the doctor said it is a yeast infection and gave me treatment , one tablet and ointment for it. To be on the safe side, i got a blood glucose report which is normal (97) and a urine routine examination. the physical exmaination of urine is normal. the microsocpic examination all normal . in the chemical examination part, everything else such as nitrite proteins, blood,bilirubin, ketones all are normal, however it shows traces of leukocyte Estraces. What could that mean
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
After going through your history you are having a fungal infection and taking treatment for it , it is good that you do not have diabetes.
Your Urine examination is normal except traces of leukocyte Esterase(LE).This is enzyme released by white blood cells and indicate possible presence of infection, it is screening test.

Urine sample can be sent for culture and sensitivity in the meantime urinary specific antibiotic may be started by your Gynecologist and take plenty of water.

After culture report if required antibiotic may be changed if organisms are resistant to empiric drug.
Please take care of personal hygiene.
Good Luck
Answered: Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

The presence of leukocytes in the urine indicates the presence of an infection. Although the most common cause for leukocytes in the urine is a bacterial urinary tract infection, leukocytes can be present with other infections, in case of inflammation or even physical damage to the renal system.

As there are no other abnormalities, we could assume the cause for the leukocytes to be the yeast infection. I am sure they will subside once you are adequately treated for your recurrent yeast infections. Ideally, recurrent infections should be treated with a slightly stronger dose and for a longer duration.

I hope I have succeeded in providing the information you were looking for. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help you.

Best wishes.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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