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Doctor insights on: Kidney Infection Turning Into Sepsis

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I have a uti. If it turns into a kidney infection or sepsis ill know right? Like u don't just drop dead their are major symptoms?

I have a uti. If it turns into a kidney infection or sepsis ill know right? Like u don't just drop dead their are major symptoms?

There are warnings..: You would develop fever and start to feel quite unwell. With a kidney infection you would also most likely have low back pain. You would not just drop dead. However, if you develop these symptoms, seek help right away. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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I have pain under the left rib cage and it goes into my back. At times its feels gripping pain. Does anyone know what this could I had a kidney infection, ecoli, and was sepsis in july. I was treated and released from hosptial for days later. I now have t

I have pain under the left rib cage and it goes into my back. At times its feels gripping pain. Does anyone know what this could I had a kidney infection, ecoli, and was sepsis in july. I was treated and released from hosptial for days later. I now have t

Any number of things: This kind of pain could be caused by any number of things. With your history, you need to be examined by a doctor who can figure out whether it is something that will go away or something like an infection of the kidney or of the area under the diaphragm that needs treatment. ...Read more

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How quickly can you develop blood poisoning from a kidney infection if left untreated?

How quickly can you develop blood poisoning from a kidney infection if left untreated?

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 general term for infection in the blood is sepsis. It must be treated with antibiotics. You can get scar tissue in the kidney as well. ...Read more

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Urine culture done on 2/8 shows infection. Have a Foley and urine almost looks red. What is the risk of this turning in to a kidney infection?

Urine culture done on 2/8 shows infection. Have a Foley and urine almost looks red. What is the risk of this turning in to a kidney infection?

Foley catheter: If you have a Foley catheter in place it is not surprising that you have wbc's and bacteria in your urine.- after 3 days >95% will. Blood can also occur and the risk of kidney infection exists any time you have instrumentation. The question is why the Foley and what does the doctor who ordered it say? ...Read more

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I have a UTI turning into a kidney infection. Also believe I have swollen lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm on medication but still feel bad. Normal?

I have a UTI turning into a kidney infection. Also believe I have swollen lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm on medication but still feel bad. Normal?

No infx is normal.: U need to complete the entire course of antibiotics (2 wks?), no matter what, b/c any infection is not normal. A UTI can spread up the ureters to the kidney, causing pyelonephritis, which is serious b/c the kidneys r very vascular & the infx can get into the bloodstream. Not sure about the lymph node behind the ear; it may be from prior infection & flared up w/ ur immune system now in overdrive. GL ...Read more

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For what length of time can you have a UTI before it turning into a kidney infection?

For what length of time can you have a UTI before it turning into a kidney infection?

Very variable: From within 24 hours to never. Depends upon many factors: presence or absence of bladder reflux (vur), patients general state of overall health & inate immunity, virulence of bacteria causing the UTI (some bacteria have hair like projections and can climb thru the bladder/ureteral valve & ureter like a caterpillar), presence of structural abnormalities of urinary tract, etc. Etc. ...Read more

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I keep getting kidney infections why?

I keep getting kidney infections why?

? Sex, ? hygiene: Kidney infections r caused by bacteria ascending from bladder. Could be: u don't urinate after sex and go to sleep with a full bladder, use bubble-bath or take tub baths rather than shower, wipe wrong way, don't spread your thighs when urinating + thus trapping urine behind labia, withhold urge to void, wear thongs or non-cotton underwear, are constipated. Any of above could make you prone tro ut. ...Read more

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How to know if I have kidney infection?

Symptoms or see a md: Symptoms of UTI are burning and increased frequency as well as lower abdominal pain. If you start to have fever or back pain the infection may be spreading to your kidney. You should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a kidney infection?

How to tell if I have a kidney infection?

Burning on urination: Burning on urination is a symptom of a urinary tract infection. You need to have a urinalysis done to see if you have a kidney infection and a urine culture will determine the exact organism. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a kidney infection?

How to know if I have a kidney infection?

Symptoms or see md: Symptoms of UTI are burning, urinating more often and lower abdominal pain. If the pain spreads to your back or your have fever you may have a kidney infection. You should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How can intell if I have kidney infection?

How can intell if I have kidney infection?

SYMPTOMS/urine test: The symptoms of kidney infection are
1frequency and urgency of urination2burning and pain during micturition 3blood in urine 4pain or discomfort in middle of lower abdomen where bladder is located 5 if infection is higher up in the kidney you may get flank pain6 fever in some cases
some time there may be UTI without any symptoms, called asymptomatic uti. And diagnosed by urine test only. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an kidney infection?

How to know if I have an kidney infection?

Symptoms or see md: Symptoms of UTI are burning, urinating more often and lower abdominal pain. If the pain spreads to your back or your have fever you may have a kidney infection. You should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What to do if I might have a kidney infection?

Confirm Dx...: "pain over kidneys' and a few white or red blood cells in urine alone will not say or assume someone gets kidney infection. Instead, good history, proper physicals, properly collected urinalysis with or without imaging studies for urinary tract under knowlwdgeable experienced doctor can reasonably confirm if someone gets kidney infection.

So, see doctor timely. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I might have a kidney infection?

What to do if I think I might have a kidney infection?

Do U have a UTI?: Kidney infections are infections of upper urinary tract, thus you may well have symptoms of urinary frequency, burning pain on urination &/or foul smelling urine & urinalysis should be positive for bacteria. Kis typically associated with back/flank pain & you would be tender to tapping lower rib cage on the back. Advise you to see your dr. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection and because of that I was bleadding is that consider a period?

Blood and Females: Blood from a bladder infection is coming from the bladder and urethra...Not from the uterus. Menstrual period bleeding comes from the uterus.

If you do not know your own anatomy you may want to read the women's health manifesto: "our bodies our selves" as a start to getting to know your self and how it all works. ...Read more

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How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

Water, water, water: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases the risk of both kidney stones and kidney infections. Think of the water you drink as diluting the other substances in your urine, including the minerals that can cause kidney stones, as well as washing out your urinary system to flush bacteria out of you and into the toilet! In women, frequent urination, wiping front to back reduce infection risks. ...Read more

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I am concerned I have a kidney infection my GGT was 134 and my blood glucose is raised?

I am concerned I have a kidney infection my GGT was 134 and my blood glucose is raised?

Need full lab result: Pyelonephritis could elevate blood sugar. However need complete evaluation and integration of your lab results ...Read more

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Urine came back with high wbc. I don't have UTI or kidney infection so what else could it be?

UTI: White blood cells in the urine indicate a urinary tract infection (uti), usually a bladder infection (cystitis) but sometimes a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). In the face of that finding, I don't see how you can "be sure" you don't have a UTI or kidney infection, I think you actually do. See a doctor and get further evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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I am being treated for kidney infection and pneumonia. Stomach is extremely bloated, why is this?

I am being treated for kidney infection and pneumonia. Stomach is extremely bloated, why is this?

Drug side effect?: In your scenario, drug side effects especially taking antibiotics need to be considered. For the time being, watch what you eat so to see if some foods may cause indigestion. Besides, eat less sugary, fat, salty stuffs and junks, and oral probiotics may help further.

Of course, see doctor timely. ...Read more

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My urine is very hot! It does not burn coming out, and I have a long history of UTI and kidney infections.?

My urine is very hot! It does not burn coming out, and I have a long history of UTI and kidney infections.?

UTI is possible: Urine is at the same temperature as your body temperature. You may well have a UTI if it feels very hot. More so because of your past history of utis and and kidney infections. Kidney infections, in fact, are upper urinary tract infections. ...Read more

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I am being treated for kidney infection and pneumonia. Stomach is extremely bloated. Should I be concerned?

Yes: Infection can irritate your respiratory diaphragm and your intestines so some bloating can occur. If it is extreme you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a UTI turned kidney infection for about 2 weeks. Could the infection have impacted my ability to conceive?

I have a UTI turned kidney infection for about 2 weeks. Could the infection have impacted my ability to conceive?

Unlikely: Unlikely. Untreated STDs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia are more likely to affect fertility because they can scar the tubes. A kidney infection is contained in the urinary tract - kidneys, ureters, and bladder. ...Read more

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I've been having low back and flank pain on my right side and my creatinine level is 16.9. Is this kidney infection?

I've been having low back and flank pain on my right side and my creatinine level is 16.9. Is this kidney infection?

Unlikely: The creatinine level indicates significant kidney disease that would have to affect both kidneys (did you mean bun/cr ratio?). Infection usually affects only one or the other. If there is already underlying kidney problems, then infection could worsen things. Difficult to provide more insight without more information. ...Read more

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If I had a kidney infection from untreated UTI and my kidneys started to fail, what would a dipstick urinalysis show?

If I had a kidney infection from untreated UTI and my kidneys started to fail, what would a dipstick urinalysis show?

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 gravity higher than usual concentrated urine = sg > 1.020
7-color, rancid or ammonia odor ...Read more

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I have tonsilittis and kidney infection my doctor wants to change my antibotics again. Do you think this is a good idea?

Not enough info.: A lot more information (like drug sensitivities) would be needed to comment on which antibiotics would be appropriate for you. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more