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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Can drinking a lot of alcohol cause kidney pain or uti/kidney infection? Drank a lot last night and now my kidneys really hurting. Is it related?

Can drinking a lot of alcohol cause kidney pain or uti/kidney infection? Drank a lot last night and now my kidneys really hurting. Is it related?

No connection: There is likely no connection, other than that your drinking may have stopped your antibiotic from working on a preexisting kidney infection. If you are in a lot of pain and are running a fever, you should go to the er now in case you have a kidney infection that could spread to your blood. Also, you need to have kidney stones ruled out. Good luck to you and take care of yourself. Alcohol causes more problems than it's worth. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol with a kidney infection?

Can you drink alcohol with a kidney infection?

Yes: But would suggest not doing this for a couple of reasons. Alcohol in the blood stream inhibits several functions of the white blood cells which eat bacteria. It is also a dehydrating agent since it increases urination without replacing an equivalent volume of liquid, and dehydration is not good in face of infection. On the other hand, if under treatment with approp meds, probably harmless. ...Read more

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Could drinking liquor cause kidney infections?

Kidney infections: The cause of kidney infections is generally by two different routes. 1) an ascending infection that arises from the lower urinary tract (bladder, ureters) or 2) hematogenous spread, directly from bacteria that are within the bloodstream. I am not aware of any reason why drinking liquor could cause kidney infections. ...Read more

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What might cause my frequent kidney infection (about every 3 - 4 months). I also have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) (for 3 years now), I drink +- 3l water a day.

What might cause my frequent kidney infection (about every 3 - 4 months). I also have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) (for 3 years now), I drink +- 3l water a day.

Complex case: Frequent kidney infx r assoc w/ certain types of kidney stones (struvite, "staghorn" calculi) or anatomic abnormalities like ureteral valve reflux or a "pouch" in d bladder. These wd have been diagnosed by a Urologist. Women have shorter urethras & r more prone to UTI, partly dependent on hygiene- but I assume that wd have been addressed by this age (31). Immune deficiency? It wd b rare - TTYD. GL ...Read more

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What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

Not soft drinks: Soft drinks will not cause kidney infections. Congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract, stones, obstruction, reflux, poor bladder emptying, infrequent voiding, and "sticky bacteria" are the most common causes. ...Read more

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Why is it important to drink lots of fluid while treating a kidney infection?

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Why is it important to drink lots of fluid while treating a kidney infection?

Here are some...: Drinking a lot of fluid will naturally induce more urine production so to fill up urinary bladder faster for peeing more often, thus to greatly decrease the duration for the offending germs to duplicate and grow. Of course, the bladder ability to empty also plays an important role to enhance germ elimination. More on healthy issues? Contact www. Healthtap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login... Best... ...Read more

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Okay to drink wine with a kidney infection?

Okay to drink wine with a kidney infection?

Maybe: It depends which antibiotic you have been prescribed. To be safe, i'd recommend laying off of the drinking until your infection has cleared. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink wine on a kidney infection?

Is it safe to drink wine on a kidney infection?

Not smart: Alcohol can inactivate antibiotics if both in stomach at same time. Alcohiol is also irritating to bladder. However single glass of wine at least 2 hours before or after taking antibiotics is probably safe. ...Read more

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Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg twice a day for a kidney infection and alcohol, is this okay?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg twice a day for a kidney infection and alcohol, is this okay?

Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) not alcohol: Hope ur not alcohol dependent. There shouldn't be a problem avoiding alcohol whilst being treated for a kidney infection. You need help managing alcohol dependency if you can not not quit alcohol for 2 weeks whilst your kidneys recover. Alcohol diminishes effectiveness of antibiotics, . ...Read more

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If your back hurts like all the time and your not lifting anything and you don't drink water could that be a sign of kidney infection?

If your back hurts like all the time and your not lifting anything and you don't drink water could that be a sign of kidney infection?

May be, but: Usually infection will have other symptoms like burning urination, fever, or frequency of urination. Without these symptoms you may or may not have uti. You need urinalysis to confirm. Other possibilities include muscle spasms or kidney stones. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting colds, chest infections and kidney infections? How can I prevent them. I drink loads of water and eat loads of veg? Help

See your doctor: If you are getting recurring infections while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you should definitely speak with your physician about further work up for a cause. ...Read more

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I continue to have reoccurring uti's that turn into kidney infections so fast...I drink no soda. But I'm a sweet tea addict. I don't know what to do.

Kidney stones: There is generally an answer to explain redurrent utis. Have it checked out. Because you spoke of teas, there are products in teas that might increase stone or "gravel" formation. This in turn can predispose one to a uti. ...Read more

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If you drink soda is it bad for u with the kidney infection?

If you drink soda is it bad for u with the kidney infection?

No soda with UTI: Carbonated beverages, especially those with caffeine, are bladder irritants and are best avoided when a person has a urinary tract infection (UTI). ...Read more

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What can I drink for a kidney infection besides water?

More water ; milk: Water is best. Decaffeinated tea or coffee is good. Blandfruit or vegetable juices ok, but, would avoid citrus or tomato juices until infection has cleared up. Best to avoid alcohol, although a light beer more than 2 hours befpre or after antibiotics is probably ok. ...Read more

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Is milk ok to drink with a cold and a kidney infection?

Milk and cold: 25 F from MO asks:Is milk ok to drink with a cold and a kidney infection? ANS: yes ...Read more

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Does drinking cranberry juice cure a kidney infection?

Does drinking cranberry juice cure a kidney infection?

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. ...Read more

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Just finished my last dose of ciprofloxacin today (one pill every 12 hours for 10 days). I had a UTI that turned kidney infection. Can I drink tmmrw?

Yes you can: You have already completed the course of antibiotic so there is nor problem with drinking and on top of it Cipro (ciprofloxacin) does not interact with alcohol.
Make sure do not drink and drive! ...Read more

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Went to the doctor I'm getting gentamicin injection for kidney infection for three days drinking a half gallon of water is enough?

Went to the doctor I'm getting gentamicin injection for kidney infection for three days drinking a half gallon of water is enough?

Should be: Gentamicin has an infrequent side effect of causing harm to your kidneys. A good way to combat this is by ensuring adequate fluid intake. A half gallon of water per day should be enough but other variables such as your body type and size factor into this. Some patients may require more, others less. ...Read more

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I've had kidney infections and UTIs but recently I have started having strong kidney pains while running. I drink plenty of water. I'm 30 yrs old?

Get checked: A simple urinalysis will determine if you have blood, infection in your urine. If these are negative you could have kidney stones. I would suggest you see your doctor at your earliest convenience. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no UTI and still have a kidney infection? I had pee test came back normal but is till hurt in the kidneys I don't drink water.

UTI: Uti is a term that encompasses the entire urinary tract. It is often substituted for a bladder infection or cystitis. The kidney can be infected without lower urinary tract symptoms. ...Read more

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Bright neon yellow urine, lower abdo pain, pressure in vagina, sore during intercourse, drinking 2-3ltrs water per day, cud I have a kidney infection?

Bright neon yellow urine, lower abdo pain, pressure in vagina, sore during intercourse, drinking 2-3ltrs water per day, cud I have a kidney infection?

Need urinalysis: With your set of symptoms, it sounds like you already know what you've got. May be a UTI or an STD. Or rarely, something else. You should go to your primary care physician or an urgent care to get a urinalysis; that is the place to start. Common things are common, so you likely have a condition easily treatable with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have blood coming from my urine. I did some research and it could be related to a kidney infection or a kidney stone. I did drink a lot of alcohol f?

I have blood coming from my urine. I did some research and it could be related to a kidney infection or a kidney stone. I did drink a lot of alcohol f?

See doctor: There is not sufficient information in your message to provide a meaningful opinion. It would be prudent to see a doctor and not blame it on alcohol, as you may need evaluation for the cause.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause pain in kidneys after drinking alcohol?

It's not kidney pain: Nothing would cause kidney pain after alcohol (it may be coming from liver instead and not kidney), kidneys usually don't hurt unless it has stones or infection or blockage to urine flow acutely! ...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


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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