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Could I have a kidney infection without a uti?

Could I have a kidney infection without a uti?

In most cases, no: A UTI usually involves the bladder or urethra but if the infection travels up to the kidneys, it can cause an infection there. This is the common pathway. However, there are cases where an infection may initiate in the kidney itself due to a kidney stone which blocks the ureter. Other ways are via infections near the kidney, bacteremia, anatomical variants and kidney cysts. Always best to see your doc! ...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 think I have a kidney infection or UTI or combination of both. And I don't have insurance. Are there any home remedies I can try?

I think I have a kidney infection or UTI or combination of both. And I don't have insurance. Are there any home remedies I can try?

Cranberry juice: Drink More Water

Frequent Urination

OTC acetaminophen or ibuprofen can take the edge off the pain

Apply a heating pad across your abdominal region can soothe the dull ache

Dress casual, relaxed, and flowy.

Cranberry juice: Yes ...Read more

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Can someone have a kidney infection from untreated UTI and not know it until they just drop dead?

Can someone have a kidney infection from untreated UTI and not know it until they just drop dead?

Anything is possible: Untreated uti's can turn into "pylonephritis" and that could lead to dehydration and sepsis. Sepsis could lead to multi-organ shut down, heart failure and ultimately death. We see this happen in the nursing home when residents are neglected or don't complain for weeks, until they get a fever or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can you have a kidney infection without obvious signs of a UTI or fever?

Can you have a kidney infection without obvious signs of a UTI or fever?

Yes and No: Uti is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract and is verified by a positive culture. Most utis involve only the bladder/urethra (aka cystitis: urgency, frequency, burning). A more severe infection results when a UTI progresses to involve the kidneys/ureters (aka pyelonephritis: fever, chills, n/v, back pain, sick). Pyelo may or may not be associated with or preceded by cystitis symptoms. ...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.

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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Pain around my waist penetrating to my ribs I had a cat scan and my right kidney is inflammed. I do not have a kidney infection or uti. What could cause this problem?

Pain around my waist penetrating to my ribs I had a cat scan and my right kidney is inflammed. I do not have a kidney infection or uti. What could cause this problem?

Not certain: Inflammed has many meanings. Infection of the kidney called pyelonephritis can occur if infection moves up from bladder or via bloodstream. Renal stones can cause secondary inflamm. Intersitial nephritis, usually bilateral, from certain medications, autoimmune diseases and many other rarer causes. Sometimes spillage of protein is sign of interstital nephrtitis. You should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? I have all UTI symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.

Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? I have all UTI symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.

One idea: If you have a fever and marked tenderness over the kidney, there's an off-chance that you have a staphylococcal kidney abscess. A second idea is a stone. Your physician knows how to follow up on these and other possibilities. ...Read more

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Does cranberry juice help when you have a kidney infection? What is different between UTI and kidney infection?

Does cranberry juice help when you have a kidney infection? What is different between UTI and kidney infection?

Possibly but...: A UTI means urinary tract infection which could be bladder or kidney but this usually refers to a bladder infection. A kidney infection is more serious.Cranberry juice contains d-mannose, a sugar that helps if the UTI is caused by e. Coli (about 90%) but not if caused by other bacteria. Pure d-mannose will help more than cranberry juice & can be taken along with antibiotics.
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How long does it usually take an untreated UTI to turn into a kidney infection? Can you have a kidney infection w/o fever, but with ab/flank pain?

How long does it usually take an untreated UTI to turn into a kidney infection? Can you have a kidney infection w/o fever, but with ab/flank pain?

Kidney infection: Generally a Kidney infection is accompanied by a FEVER and some flank pain. Not all UTIs, even untreated will progress to a Kidney infection. There really is not a particular timeline. ...Read more

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Uti or kidney infection, how can I tell the difference?

Uti or kidney infection, how can I tell the difference?

Difference of UTI: A kidney infection, pyelonephritis (p) is more sever than a uti. A p has a fever, pain in the back, and can lead to serious complications such as sepsis, if untreated. A UTI normally does not have a fever and presents with some pain on urination and increased frequency. Both a p and UTI are treated with antibioitcs adn the prognosis is good for recovery. ...Read more

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How would I know if my UTI turned into a kidney infection?

How would I know if my UTI turned into a kidney infection?

More ill: Uti is infection anywhere in the urinary tract, from kidney to urethra. Burning and frequency are common in bladder infection, where fever and feeling sick and bloody changes are more suggestive of kidney infection. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is another UTI or a kidney infection?

How can I know if this is another UTI or a kidney infection?

Here are some...: An analysis of detailed history + findings of timely physical exam + testing like CT scan as needed can tell if having lower UTI, that is, bladder/urethra or having upper UTI, that is, kidneys/ureters. To help sort the related things out correctly, go to articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html. More? Ask your doc or contact me at www. Healthtap. Com with RQPWJC to log in for appt... ...Read more

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Could you tell me why I can't get over this UTI or kidney infection?

Many possibilities: 1) bacteria causing your UTI may be resistant to your antibiotic. 2) UTI will never clear if you have an infected bladder or kidney stone, stone would need 2B removed before UTI will clear up. 3) urinary tract does not empty completely from retention, urinary reflux, bladder diverticulum etc. 4) area of chronic pyelonehritis or infection in kidney calyx which antibiotics can not reach. ...Read more

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Hi, had a UTI and kidney infection now since August 16th nearly a month. I'm on my 4th set of tabs. It came back. Is there an underlined problem here?

Yes: Assuming you had your urine cultured and were given an antibiotic based on culture results, the recurrence could mean there is a structural abnormality of the ureter that sets you up for infection.
If you were treated without urine culture, you may have a resistant bacteria needing another medication.
Ask your doctor if a culture was done. If not, have one done now. ...Read more

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Can a UTI test strip detect a kidney infection?

See below.: A urine dip stick can detect a urinary tract infection but it cannot differentiate between a bladder or a kidney infection. Bladder infection or cystitis is characterized by burning on urination, urinary urgency and frequency. Kidney infection or pyelonephritis has the same symptoms plus flank pain and often fever and chills. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a UTI or kidney infection?

Tons of signs/ None: Signs of UTI are burning in urine, frequent urination, voiding small amounts of urine, unusual odor of urine, fever, back pain, lower abdominal cramps and blood in the urine. Kidney infection can also cause pain in the upper back, headaches and nausea and vomiting ...Read more

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Signs that a UTI has turned into a kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: High fever, flank/back pain, etc could be possible indicators. ...Read more

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How do you know when a UTI has become a kidney infection?

How do you know when a UTI has become a kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: This is characterized generally by high fever, chills, nausea, flank, groin and pelvic pain, increased frequency and urgency of urination, and qualitative and quantitative changes in urine (malodor, pus, blood, cloudiness). If you have any of these you should see a doctor immediately since this can be a life-threatening illness. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the risk of a UTI progressing to a kidney infection?

What is the risk of a UTI progressing to a kidney infection?

UTI: A UTI is a urinary tract infection. The urinary tract begins in the kidney, with release into the renal pelvis, down the ureters, into the bladder, and then then through the urethra and then the outside world. This is a connected system, and so infection can certainly involve the kidney. So, get the UTI treated to prevent pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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How long does it take a UTI to turn into a kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: Without reflux (urine backing up into the kidney (s), the common UTI should not progress to a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). ...Read more

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How long would it take before a UTI turns into a kidney infection?

It all depends...: ...On which bacteria causing infection, on your immune system and other medical conditions, and other factors that make it difficult to predict. Some can be hours, others days. This is part of why urinary infections are treated aggressively when identified. ...Read more

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How can aperson tell the difference between a UTI and a kidney infection?

Kidney infect is UTI: Kidney is the top end of the urinary tract. Kidney infections can be associated with high fever, back pain, nause & vomiting & blood in urine with or without symptoms of a lower tract UTI which are burning on urination, urinary frequenc and urgency. Some have blood urine with cystitis (bladder uti), foul smelling urine possible with both. Fever uncommon with cystits although urine feels hot. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a UTI to become a kidney infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for a UTI to become a kidney infection?

It all depends...: ...On which bacteria causing infection, on your immune system and other medical conditions, and other factors that make it difficult to predict. Some can be hours, others days. This is part of why urinary infections are treated aggressively when identified. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a kidney infection in the midst of being treated for a uti?

Yes: Yes, especially if you are on the wrong antibiotics. Do you have a high fever? Kidney infections almost always are associated with a high fever. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to contract a kidney infection while being treated for a uti?

Would it be possible to contract a kidney infection while being treated for a uti?

UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Infection (Definition)

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more