If your doctor tells you that you have , you probably have a UTI (urinary tract infection). To learn more about the other reasons you may have leukocytes, or protein in your urine, continue reading.
- Certain kidney infections – Certain kidney infections, including pyelonephritis can cause leukocytes in the urine. The risk of developing a kidney infection is common in those people with compromised immunities or who have used a catheter for a lengthy time period.
- Bladder infections – Bladder infections (cystitis) can cause inflammation of the tract can cause leukocytes to appear in the urine.
- Obstructions in the urinary system
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy, protein, in trace amounts, can be found in the urine. When found in high amounts a bladder infection may develop.
- Sexual intercourse – During intercourse, the bacteria can be massaged into the urethra.
- Weakened bladder – when we hold our urine for too long we can cause our bladder to weaken. This weakening can cause the bladder to become unable to completely empty itself. When this happens urine that is left behind can lead to the formation of bacteria and cause a UTI or bladder infection.
- Kidney inflammation and pain
- Shivering and fever
- Urinating frequently
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Cloudy urine and mucus threads
- Foul odor in urine
How this ailment is treated will depend solely on the reason for the infection. In most cases of white blood cells in the urine, antibiotics will be prescribed to clear up the infection. These types of infections are most commonly seen in women and can vary from cystitis to a more severe infection. Maintaining a balanced diet and proper hygiene can help you prevent this from happening to you.