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for what length of time can you live with a kidney infection without treatment?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Varies long2not long: Untreated kidney infection/ pyelonephritis & abscesses can lead to overwhelming sepsis & rapid death pyelonephritis & small kidney abscesses can linger for months. Also depends upon overall health of subject when infection occurs. Babies & old folks tend to fare worse than ages inbetween. All kidney infectios need to treated asap.

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Can you get a kidney infection from your boyfriend fingering you?

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Does a detoxification mimic all the symptoms of a serious kidney infection?

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Dr. John Weeks
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Probably not: I'm not sure what you mean by detoxification, but having burning with urination, blood in the urine, fever and/or pain under your lower ribs could be a kidney infection. Get a urine test by your doctor.
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How long if kidney infection is left untreated until it will become life threatening?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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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.
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What is the likelihood of someone being hospitalized for a kidney infection?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Very Low Likelihood: Most kidney infections can be treated with oral antibiotics prescribed by your primary care doctor. Most kidney infections start as uti. Once the UTI is treated, it is unlikely that a kidney infection develops and then no hospitals.
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What are the symptoms associated with a kidney infection?

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Fever, pain: Usually kidney infection starts with pain and frequency of urination which can develop into pyelonephritis (kidney infection) which presents with fevers, chills, flank pains in addition to pain and frequency of urination. You need antibiotics right away, .

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