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A 66-year-old female asked:

uti dx'd wed. culture shows klebsiella. i have a head cold and wake with sore throat that clears. related? googled and now scared!

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Unrelated: Klebsiella is a common cause of UTI. Almost certainly your cold and UTI are unrelated. Not sure why you think they might be related. Even though the full name is Klebsiella pneumoniae, and it can cause pneumonia, this is very rare and not due to spread from UTI; it's nothing to worry about. Check with the doctor treating your UTI if you remain concerned. Best wishes.

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