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why do people get kidney infections

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Starts bladder: Starts bladder in some infection progresses to kidney. Some because of anatomical event causing urine to reflux to kidney.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Montoya
46 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Bacteria: Infection enters the urinary system.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience Urology
No: The bacteria that cause a UTI (e. Coli most common) generally gain access via the urethra (the tube that passes from the bladder to the outside) which ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
13 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Flank pain: Fever, pain while urinating, blood in urine or cloudy urine are some possibilities.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
No time frame: There is no time frame for worsening of renal function. There are factors ( like diabetes, high blood pressure and urine infections) which hasten the ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Deep flank pain: Symptoms may include fevers, strong teeth -chattering chills, malaise and exquisitely tender, sharp/stabbing deep pain on the flank of the side of th ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Abnormal Urine tract: Get checked out for kidney stones , structural or functional abnormalities of your urinary tract. Get a renal ultrasound for starters. You may need ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly: If the infection was associated with a kidney stone and the infection was proximal to it (above) then antibiotics may not be needed.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it is not common: No it is not common to get diarrhea before kidney infection.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Treat promptly: Get urinalysis and culture as soon as UTI suspected and start on antibiotics asap. Drink plenty of water and urinate fairly frequently.

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