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A 32-year-old female asked:

Does cranberry juice help when you have a kidney infection? what is different between uti and kidney infection?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Possibly but...: A UTI means urinary tract infection which could be bladder or kidney but this usually refers to a bladder infection. A kidney infection is more serious.Cranberry juice contains d-mannose, a sugar that helps if the UTI is caused by e. Coli (about 90%) but not if caused by other bacteria. Pure d-mannose will help more than cranberry juice & can be taken along with antibiotics. See my comment:.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
You would have to drink almost enough cranberry juice to drown in it. This is not the way in which to treat UTI
Mar 18, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. Raff, I agree that cranberry juice is an inefficient way to treat UTI's, but many of my patients have been successfully treated with pure D-Mannose powder. But for a kidney infection I would advise antibiotics- but D-Mannose could be a useful adjucnt. More on the use of D-Mannose for UTI's: http://tahomaclinicblog.com/d-mannose-for-bladder-and-kidney-infections/
Mar 18, 2013

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Does drinking cranberry juice cure a kidney infection?

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Dr. Mohamed Akl
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology 22 years experience
Unlikely: A kidney infection means that the bacteria has migrated from the bladder up to the kindey. This is a more severe form of a urinary tract infection that requires antibiotic therapy and frequently required hospitalization to give intravenous antibiotics.
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