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"RBC & WBC both high in urine, what does this mean?"
The results from this urinalysis seemed indicate a urinary tract infection (as known as a UTI). This, in combination with symptoms of UTI such as burning with urination, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, and/or fever would prompt most physicians to treat you for UTI with antibiotics. However, neither these results nor the symptoms themselves of UTI absolutely confirm the infection. The confirmation must be done using a urine culture which is the gold standard test for urinary tract infection. So it is important for you to see your primary care doctor. Most physicians will start the antibiotic prior to the urinary culture coming back since this can take one to two days. If the urine culture comes back negative, then the antibiotics can't stop. If it comes back positive, and the antibiotic can be continued or changed to a different antibiotic depending on what type of bacteria grows out of urine. For this type of problem, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she will be able examine your urinalysis in his or her office so that your diagnosis can be made right away. You can then get a prescription for an antibiotic as necessary. If you have no symptoms of a UTI, then your doctor might wait until a urine culture returns.
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