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Are kidney infections contagious?

Are kidney infections contagious?

All your own: Most kidney infections arise from our own flora that's migrated from the environment up into the wrong place: the urinary tract. Post-coitus uti's are common but they are w/our own flora. Persons can have alterations in their microbial flora if they have a change in environment (i.e.:a hospital stay) ; then become infected with those organisms if present in the wrong place at the right time. ...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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Are kidney infections highly contagious?

Are kidney infections highly contagious?

No: Infections of the kidney, or pyelonephritis, are not contagious and cannot be passed on to other people. They are caused by an infection of the urinary tract and usually treated the antibiotics. ...Read more

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How serious is kidney infection or pyuria? Is it contagious? Or it can be treated with pills and syrups. Does it cause sexual issue

How serious is kidney infection or pyuria? Is it contagious? Or it can be treated with pills and syrups. Does it cause sexual issue

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. Neither are contagious. ...Read more

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What is a kidney infection?

What is a kidney infection?

Microbe in kidney: Microorganisms can gain access to the kidneys from the blood stream or ascend from the lower urinary tract (bladder). Infections can be caused by a bacteria, virus, fungal, parasite or other invader that can multiple in the organ. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infection?

Symptoms of kidney infection?

UTI symptoms: Depending on what part of the urinary tract is infected, symptoms can range from:
urethra (urethritis): burning w/urination ; local irritation; blood in urine, strong urine odor
bladder (cyctitis): lower abdominal pain ; above
kidney (pyelonephritis): flank/back pain, fever, chills, ; all of the above
sepsis: bacteria migrated to the bloodstream;
all of the above + low bp, rapid heart rate, ill. ...Read more

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Why do kidney infections occur?

Why do kidney infections occur?

Via urine or blood: Kidney infections are most commonly due to bacteria entering the bladder and work their way up to the kidney. In children commonly due to faulty bladder valves permitting urine to back up to kidney. Many bacteria have hair-like tenticles allowing them to crawl thru bladder valve + up to kidney where they multiply. Less often bacteria can reach kidney via blood stream from skin infection or abscess. ...Read more

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What to do for a kidney infection?

What to do for a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: Pyelonephritis is treated with antibiotics. Either oral or intravenous, depending on the severity. Must be treated under a doctors supervision. ...Read more

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What is causing kidney infections?

What is causing kidney infections?

Many possible causes: Infections start in bladder & ascend due to urinary reflux or bacteria able to pass thru bladder valve. Could be due to bladder full & not urinating after sex, bubble-bath +/or tub baths rather than showers, thongs +/or non-cotton underwear, not wiping front to back or keeping thighs together + trapping urine in vagina with voiding, chronic constipation, menopause. ...Read more

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What is good for a kidney infection?

What is good for a kidney infection?

Kidney Infection: Kidney infections characterized by fever and flank pain require antibiotic treatment. If severe, hospitalization can be necessary. A urine culture is often needed to help choose the correct antibiotic.
Other urinary tract infection such as bladder infections or cystitis cause burning with urination, frequent urination and sometimes blood in the urine. Antibiotics are also needed. ...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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Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Absolutely: It can spread from the kidney to other organs. It may even start sepsis and become life threatening. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What does a kidney infection feel like?

What does a kidney infection feel like?

Pyelonephritis: Symptoms of pyelonephritis can include fever, painful urination, the sensation of an urgent need to urinate, blood in urine, nausea, vomiting, flank pain and sometimes groin pain. Please obtain prompt medical care if you think you have a kidney infection. ...Read more

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What causes frequent kidney infections?

What causes frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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How to know if I have kidney infection?

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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What are the tests for kidney infection?

Urinalysis/culture: A urine dipstick test shows if you have nitrites in your urine, as well as other markers such as blood, white cells, and protein. The human body does not naturally excrete nitrites in the urine, so if the test shows the, the only cause is bacteria, which indicative of a kidney infection.

Your doctor them may send the urine for culture to determine exactly what bacteria is causing the infection. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a kidney infection?

What are symptoms of a kidney infection?

Can be subtle: The classic back pain with marked tenderness when struck, fever, perhaps chills, discomfort in the bladder and on urinating (the bladder's generally infected and in turn affected the kidney). A physician can often tell from casts in the urine that the kidney is infected, and a kidney infection may require stronger treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infection in toddlers?

Symptoms of kidney infection in toddlers?

Unexplained fever: There are no specific symptoms.
Fever, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common symptoms associated. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infections in a child?

What causes kidney infections in a child?

Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. In children it should raise the possibility of an abnormality of the urinary system. Congenital obstruction or urinary reflux are the most common causes. Surgery may be necessary. ...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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What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

Pain, fever, nausea: Infection in kidney often cause flank-pain, fever, nausea/vomitting, and possibly increase in urination, burning, blood in urine etc. Elderly patients may not get fever, and more likely get confusion, lethargy, anorexia etc...So, if you are having any of these symptms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. ...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 causes kidney infection and symptom's?

What causes kidney infection and symptom's?

Germs get to kidney: Kidney infections are almost always result of lower urinary tract infection. Bacteria reach bladder, very easy in females & then they travel from bladder up ureters to kidney. Either 2ndary to bladder reflux or bacteria can crawl thru uretererl valve in bladder on their "hair" like a caterpillar. Occasional infections are blood born from an abscess or infected teeth. Swelling causes the pain. ...Read more

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What could be causing my kidney infections?

See urologist: Urologists are specialists of the urinary tract, and can do an evaluation to see why you may be having this problem, and, more importantly, what can be done about them! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms to a kidney infection?

What are the symptoms to a kidney infection?

Multiple: Fever, chills, back or flank pain, rapid pulse and respirations, sometimes burning on urination, may have blood in urine or cloudy urine like pus. If you think you have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) you should be seen by a doctor asap. This can be very severe and potentially life-threatening. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms to kidney infections be?

What is the symptoms to kidney infections be?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. ...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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more