Potentially, yes. There are dipsticks available that allow people to monitor the protein in their urine. This is usually not necessary, though, unless your doctor is monitoring a known kidney condition. (For more, see the article on Home Testing.)
In general, it does not. The goal is to detect kidney disease and damage early to minimize the damage and prolong kidney function. If the proteinuria detected is due to a kidney infection or urinary tract infection, the kidneys frequently will return to normal function as the infection resolves. If it is due to a medication, then in most cases the kidneys are likely to return to normal or near normal function when the medication is stopped.
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