Toxins

Environmental Toxin Test and health information

Do you want to know if there are toxins in your body?

We provide low-cost blood tests and confidential lab testing to help you find out what's wrong with your health. Without having to go through a doctor or clinic, you may place an order directly with us and receive accurate results. Our testing is quick, inexpensive, and private. We provide low-cost blood tests that are simple to order, with most test results available in 1 to 2 business days.

Our tests include over 100 different types of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and more. We also test for pesticides like DDT and other chemicals such as BPA (bisphenol A) found in plastics. If you have any concerns about the environment or how it might be affecting your health, we’re here to help!

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely get rid of all the pollutants in the environment. As long as the toxins don't get into your body, they aren't very dangerous. Environmental toxins can come from a lot of different things, like plants, animals, fluids, metals, radiation, and pesticides.

If you're looking for an environmental toxin lab test, select from the lab tests below and place an order! Order the specific test that interests you, it takes only 5 minutes. Have your specimen collected from a nearby patient service center and receive your findings within 1-2 business days for most tests. Don't put it off any longer; begin enjoying your life without fear of what may be hiding inside your body right now! 

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Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that is mined and used in industrial production because of its durability. Excessive cadmium exposure can damage lungs, kidneys, and the digestive tract.

Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that is mined and used in industrial production because of its durability. Excessive cadmium exposure can damage lungs, kidneys, and the digestive tract.

Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that is mined and used in industrial production because of its durability. Excessive cadmium exposure can damage lungs, kidneys, and the digestive tract.


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Cobalt is part of our diet. Approximately 85% of absorbed cobalt is excreted in the urine and the remainder eliminated in stool. Toxicity may occur in select industrial

Elevated urinary lead concentration is indicative of chronic lead toxicity. Urinary lead concentrations may be used to monitor detoxification therapy.

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Blood lead is useful in detecting industrial, dietary and accidental exposure to lead and to monitor detoxification therapy. Children are especially susceptible to neurologic damage from lead and acute neurologic toxicity may develop without previous symptoms.

Elevated urinary lead concentration is indicative of chronic lead toxicity. Urinary lead concentrations may be used to monitor detoxification therapy.

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The primary clinical utility of blood mercury is the determination of abnormal exposures seen at levels over 20 µg/L. Mercury is absorbed via the respiratory tract (mercury vapors), skin, and gastrointestinal tract. Mercury poisoning can cause kidney damage. The chronic effect of mercury poisoning includes inflammation of mouth and gums, loosening of the teeth, kidney damage, nervousness, depression, and spasms.

Mercury, a highly toxic metal, is present in select industrial environments and in contaminated ocean fish. Urinary measurements are appropriate for assessing ongoing exposure to inorganic mercury.

Mercury, a highly toxic metal, is present in select industrial environments and in contaminated ocean fish. Urinary measurements are appropriate for assessing ongoing exposure to inorganic mercury.

Exposure to thallium is primarily through foods and may occur in highly selected industrial environments. Blood thallium may be used in assessing chronic toxicity.

Boron, Urine

Clinical Significance

Boron is used in cleaning agents, preservatives, and fungicides. Boron may cause dermatitis, cough, and shortness of breath. Most is excreted by the kidney.

 

Patient Preparation

Avoid exposure to gadolinium based contrast media for 48 hours prior to sample collection

 


Approximately 1 in every 2500 individuals has inherited a defective enzyme or a deficiency of the enzyme (Pseudocholinesterase) that metabolizes succinylcholine (an anesthetic agent). With a "normal" dosage, these individuals have prolonged apnea. Such individuals are responsive at much smaller concentrations of this anesthetic agent than the general population. Low concentrations of Pseudocholinesterase are observed in individuals exposed to organophosphorous insecticides and in patients with hepatic dysfunction.

True Cholinesterase (RBC and plasma) activity is decreased in individuals with exposure to organophosphorous insecticides. True Cholinesterase, found in erythrocytes and nerve tissue, is responsible for inactivating acetylcholinesterase at nerve endings. With decreased enzyme activity, patients may display a range of nervous system dysfunction. Analysis of RBC and serum or plasma activity is useful in monitoring exposure and recovery.

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This assay is useful to monitor exposure to chromium, progress of medical treatment or determine nutritional status.


Uranium, Urine

Patient Preparation
Avoid exposure to gadolinium based contrast media for 48 hours prior to sample collection

Preferred Specimen(s)
1 mL urine collected in an acid-washed or metal-free container

Minimum Volume
0.4 mL

Collection Instructions
Avoid exposure to gadolinium based contrast media for 48 hours prior to sample collection

Transport Container
Plastic container (acid-washed or trace metal-free)

Transport Temperature
Room temperature


Description: A Urine Culture test is a test that is used to identify bacteria or foreign organisms in urine and test for antibiotic susceptibilities.

Also Known As: Culture Urine Routine, Urine Culture and Sensitivity, Urine C and S, UTI test

Collection Method: Urine Collection

Specimen Type: Urine

Test Preparation: No preparation required

IMPORTANT - Culture, Urine, Routine #395 can Reflex to additional testing and charges, detailed below, if Culture is positive.

If culture is positive, CPT code(s): 87088 (each isolate) will be added with an additional charge.  Identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).

Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

  • ORG ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • ORG ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • SUSC-1  $14.95 
  • SUSC-2  $28.95

When is a Urine Culture test ordered?

A urine culture may be requested if a person exhibits symptoms that suggest a urinary tract infection, such as:

  • Urination urges that are strong and persistent
  • Urination with a burning sensation
  • Urine that is murky and has a strong odor
  • Back pain in the lower back

Urinary tract infections can cause pressure in the lower abdomen as well as small quantities of blood in the urine. If the UTI is severe and/or has gone to the kidneys, it can cause symptoms such as flank pain, high fever, trembling, chills, nausea, and vomiting.

For young women with signs or symptoms of a UTI and an uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection, antibiotics may be administered without obtaining a urine culture. A urine culture is advised if there is a suspicion of a complex infection or if symptoms do not respond to first treatment.

Pregnant women without symptoms should be examined for bacteria in their urine during their first trimester or first prenatal appointment, as bacteria in the urine can harm the growing baby's health.

A urine culture may be administered in conjunction with a urinalysis or as a follow-up to abnormal urinalysis results.

What does a Urine Culture test check for?

Urine is a fluid generated by the kidneys that contains both water and waste. It passes from the kidneys to the bladder through tubes called ureters before being expelled from the body through the urethra. Urine culture is a test that detects and identifies bacteria and yeast in the urine that could be the source of a urinary tract infection.

A small amount of urine is placed on one or more agar plates and incubated at body temperature for a urine culture. Any bacteria or yeast present in the urine sample will grow into little circular colonies during the next 24 to 48 hours. The number of colonies and the size, shape, and color of these colonies assist identify which bacteria are present in the urine sample, and the number of colonies shows the amount of bacteria that were initially present in the urine sample. A laboratory technician counts the total number of colonies on the agar plate and determines how many types have grown. If a good, clean catch sample was taken for the test, the only bacteria found should be from an infection. Typically, there will be only one variety of bacterium present in relatively significant quantities. More than one type of bacteria may be present at any given time. This could be the result of a multi-pathogen infection, although it's more likely owing to contamination from the skin picked up during the urine collection.

A gram stain will be performed on a colony from each type by the laboratory technician. The bacteria are examined under a microscope by the laboratory technician. Different species of bacteria will have distinct colors and forms. Under a microscope, the bacterium Escherichia coli, which is responsible for the majority of urinary tract infections, will appear as gram-negative rods. Lactobacillus, a frequent vaginal contaminant found in women's urine, will show up as gram-positive rods. Some bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, are easy to detect by a skilled lab technician, are nonpathogenic, and do not require additional research. Others, such as gram-negative rods, represent clusters of identical bacteria that will necessitate extra testing to determine which bacteria are present.

After 24 to 48 hours of incubation, if there is no or little growth on the agar, the urine culture is declared negative for pathogens and the culture is complete. If one or more pathogens are found, more testing is done. Testing is performed to determine which bacteria are present, as well as susceptibility testing to determine which antibiotics are most likely to cure the infection.

Lab tests often ordered with a Urine Culture test:

  • Urinalysis, Complete
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • ANA
  • Rheumatoid Factor
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Conditions where a Urine Culture test is recommended:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Pregnancy
  • Hematuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Kidney Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

How does my health care provider use a Urine Culture test?

The urine culture is often used to diagnose a urinary tract infection and to identify the bacteria or yeast that is causing it. It can be used in conjunction with susceptibility testing to discover which drugs will stop the infection-causing bacterium from growing. The findings will aid a doctor in determining which treatments are most likely to be beneficial in treating a patient's infection.

The kidneys, a pair of bean-shaped organs positioned near the bottom of the ribcage on the right and left sides of the back, produce urine. To transport wastes out of the body, the kidneys filter waste from the blood and generate urine, a yellow fluid. Urine goes from the kidneys to the bladder, where it is briefly stored, and then via the urethra to be emptied. Urine is normally sterile, but bacteria or, more rarely, yeast can migrate up the urinary tract from the skin outside the urethra and produce a urinary tract infection.

The majority of UTIs are considered simple and treatable. The infection may spread up through the ureters and into the kidneys if they are not treated. A kidney infection is more hazardous and can result in renal damage that is irreversible. In some situations, a urinary tract infection can escalate to a life-threatening infection in the bloodstream.

People with renal disease or other illnesses that impact the kidneys, such as diabetes or kidney stones, as well as people with compromised immune systems, may be more susceptible to UTIs.

What do my Urine Culture test results mean?

Urine culture results are frequently interpreted in conjunction with urinalysis results, as well as how the sample was taken and whether symptoms are present. Because certain urine samples may contain bacteria that are ordinarily found on the skin, some culture results must be interpreted with caution.

A positive urine culture is usually defined as the presence of a single kind of bacteria growing at high colony counts. Cultures containing more than 100,000 CFU/mL of one species of bacteria in clean catch samples that have been correctly collected usually indicate infection. Even if an infection is present, there may not be a large number of germs present in some circumstances. Lower levels can sometimes suggest infection, particularly if symptoms are present. Similarly, values of 1,000 to 100,000 CFU/mL may be deemed significant for samples acquired using a technique that reduces contamination, such as a sample collected with a catheter.

Although UTIs can be caused by a variety of bacteria, the majority are caused by Escherichia coli, a kind of bacteria that is widespread in the digestive tract and frequently detected in stool. Proteus, Klebsiella, Enterococcus, and Staphylococcus are among the bacteria that can cause UTIs. A yeast infection, such as Candida albicans, can cause a UTI, but urethritis is more commonly caused by a sexually transmitted illness, such as herpes, chlamydia, or gonorrhea.

When a culture says "no growth in 24 or 48 hours," it usually means there isn't an infection. If the symptoms persist, a urine culture on a new sample may be performed to test for bacteria with reduced colony numbers or other microorganisms that could be causing the symptoms. Acute urethral syndrome is defined as the presence of white blood cells and low quantities of bacteria in a sick person's urine.

If multiple different species of bacteria thrive in a culture, the growth is almost certainly due to contamination. This is notably true in urine samples containing Lactobacillus and/or other prevalent nonpathogenic vaginal bacteria in women. If the symptoms persist, the healthcare provider may order a second culture on a more thoroughly collected sample. However, if one species of bacteria has considerably larger colony counts than the others, such as 100,000 CFUs/mL versus 1,000 CFUs/mL, further testing to determine the dominating bacterium may be required.

Susceptibility testing may be used to guide treatment if a culture is positive. Any bacterial infection can be dangerous and, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. Pain is frequently the first sign of infection. Treatment as soon as possible, generally with antibiotics, will help to relieve the pain.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.



Did you know that there are more than 400 different environmental chemicals that scientists have discovered in human samples? They run through our body in urine, breast milk, blood, and other fluids.

You may not be able to see all of the toxins in the air, but they're there, and they can cause harm to your body, especially if the toxins build up in your body over time

You need environmental toxin blood tests to ensure that you don't have too many environmental toxins in your system. These can help you determine whether or not you need to detoxify your body.

To learn more about environmental toxins and environmental toxin testing, keep reading.

What Are Environmental Toxins?

Environmental toxins, also known as toxicants, are substances that form outside of the human body. They can enter the human body via inhalation, digestion, and absorption.

Too much of these toxicants can cause acute or chronic toxic overload, causing a variety of signs and symptoms.

It's also important to note that some environmental toxins can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, and other harmful conditions. It's best to stay away from these toxins and detox as needed.

Risk Factors for Environmental Toxins

Because environmental toxins are all around us, they're hard to avoid. However, there are a few factors that can make us more susceptible to them:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Polluted environment
  • Poor diet
  • Poor liver health
  • Poor kidney health
  • Poor microbiome diversity
  • Old age
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Immunodeficiency

If you have one or many of these risk factors, you should screen yourself for environmental toxins. Without proper environmental toxin testing, you may not be able to catch toxin overload until it's too late.

Causes of Environmental Toxins

Unfortunately, there's no way to avoid environmental toxins completely. Toxins are normal as long as they remain outside of the body. Environmental toxins can come from many sources, including the following:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Fluids
  • Metals
  • Radiation
  • Pesticides

A lot of environmental toxins are man-made and should be avoided to prevent them from entering the body. Once toxins enter the human body, they become dangerous.

This could happen if you aren't wearing the proper attire while working with environmental toxins. You may be eating food that has harmful toxins on it. You could inhale toxins as you're taking a walk outside in a polluted city.

Environmental toxins come from everywhere. The key is to minimize your risk by buying quality food and breathing quality air.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Environmental Toxins?

Environmental toxins can cause systemic problems within your body, meaning that they may affect all aspects of your body and its functioning. Thus, the signs and symptoms of environmental toxins are plentiful:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Respiratory problems
  • Loss of balance
  • Mental health issues
  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin Rashes
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Vision changes
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

Because of all of these signs and symptoms, toxic overload is hard to diagnose. Your physician may test you for several other conditions before considering environmental toxins.

This is why it's important to advocate for yourself and get environmental toxin blood tests if you're experiencing a myriad of vague symptoms like those mentioned above.

How Are Environmental Toxins Diagnosed?

To diagnose toxic overload or another condition involving environmental toxins, you need blood and urine tests to look at what toxins may be building up in your system.

Your physician may also ask questions about your quality of life.

They may ask about where you get your water and food. They may ask about where you work and whether or not you're exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis.

These questions can help them determine the kinds of toxins that may show up in your results. By figuring out where these toxins came from, you and your physician can make better decisions about your health moving forward.

The Lab Tests to Screen, Diagnose, and Monitor Environmental Toxins

At Ulta Lab Tests, we have a toxic metal panel that looks for six different biomarkers in your urine:

  1. Arsenic
  2. Cadmium
  3. Cobalt
  4. Lead
  5. Mercury
  6. Thallium

Other than this panel, you can look for environmental toxins by identifying several pollutants in the environment. These can show up on blood and urine tests as they make their way through the body:

  • Organochlorine pesticides like perchlorate and DDA
  • Organophosphate pesticides like DEDTP and DEP
  • Other pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate and 3PBA
  • Plasticizers and preservatives like MEP and MEOHP
  • Parabens like methylparaben and ethylparaben
  • Acrylic metabolites like NAE and NACE
  • Other metabolites like NADB and NAPR

If there is an overload of these kinds of substances in your system, it may be time to talk to your doctor about a detox. If these substances continue to build up in your body, they could lead to more serious conditions like cancer.

Environmental toxins are normal, but they shouldn't be building up in your body. Finding abnormal amounts in your bloodstream or urine could mean that there's more going on. If your test is positive, it's time to figure out where all of the toxins are coming from so that you can avoid them in the future.

Get Your Environmental Toxin Blood Tests With Ulta Lab Tests 

If you feel that you may have been exposed to environmental toxins, you need to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible. The longer that those toxins build up in your system, the worse the outcome may be.

To test yourself for environmental toxins, you need to order environmental toxin blood tests. Our environmental toxin test at Ulta Lab Tests will give you accurate and reliable results that you can use to make more informed decisions about your health.

Plus, there's a lot to love about Ulta Lab Tests:

  • You'll get secure and confidential results
  • You don't need health insurance
  • You don't need a physician's referral
  • You'll get affordable pricing
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee

Order your environmental toxin blood test today, and you'll get your results securely and confidentially online. We deliver results within 24 to 48 hours for most tests.

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