Urinary tract infections
in urostomy care

Symptoms "fever and kidney pain"

A urinary tract infection manifests with an unexplained fever, actual kidney pain, shivering and malodorous urine.  In case of these symptoms, consult your treating physician immediately.

Urine sampling

The most reliable sampling technique is to have a competent person insert a catheter directly at the base of the stoma.

If you do the sampling yourself, let the urine flow directly into a vessel, which should be positioned at the base of the stoma. For more ease of use, we recommend bending over beforehand, or coughing lightly (the abdominal contractions permit more rapid flow of urine into the vessel).

Controlling the pH level of your urine

pH is a measurement that indicates whether the urine is acid, neutral or alkaline. If the pH in the urine is too high, there is a major risk of infection. The pH is normally around 7. This number varies according to diet and the quantity of liquids absorbed.

You can monitor this pH yourself using strips. This test does not need any particular conditions. It is simply a strip of reactive paper with a color scale that varies depending on pH.

If your pH urine is:

  • Below 7, the urine is acidic
  • Above 7, the urine is alkaline
  • Is between 8 and 9, you are not drinking enough

Maintaining your pH

To maintain a good pH level, you must drink 2L of low-mineral water every 24 hours (excluding coffee, tea, herbal teas,...)