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How long if kidney infection is left untreated until it will become life threatening

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Bad idea: If you really have a kidney infection it needs treatment, do not wait, see a doctor, it can lead to loss of kidney function.
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
See below: Bacterial kidney infections (aka pyelonephritis) requires prompt medical attention. If not evaluated or treated properly, kidney infection can permane... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
Depends: That would depend on the severity of the infection, and possibly on microbe responsible for causing it.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
All depends...: ...On which bacteria, on your immune system and other medical issues, etc. This lack of "predictability" is just one reason why urinary infections are... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
UTI: A UTI can be in your bladder or your kidneys and both are treated with antibiotics. Usually a bladder infection will cause you lower abdominal pain, b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Urosepsis: Yes you can. It's called urosepsis. It's an infection that starts in the bladder or kidneys and the bacteria then spread to the bloodstream. The gener... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ravi Nerella
Hospital-based practice 24 years experience
Yes and depends.: Kidney infection can get worse and spread to the blood stream when it is called sepsis and can be very serious and can be life threatening. How long i... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Hard to know: Although your right side may also be infected. This depends on the manner in which you developed kidney infection. Also a significant number of pati... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lane Childs
Urology 34 years experience
Low: Actual infections of the kidney known as pyelonephritis can give one rather severe symptoms especially high fevers and even flank pain. If your sympto... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashwin Patel
Urgent Care 42 years experience
I don't think so.: In kidney infection, you'll also have high fever and chills along with back pain which will be persistent. Your pain seems to be of musculo-skeletal o... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
A lot of things: 1-red blood cells. 2- albumin 3-acid ph = 4.5-5.5 or alkaline ph = 6.5-8 4- nitrites, presence indicates bacterial 5-wbcells 6-specific grav... Read More

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