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What are the differences between a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection? What symptoms are different?

What are the differences between a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection? What symptoms are different?

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.

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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Can you have a kidney infection without having a urinary tract infection?

Can you have a kidney infection without having a urinary tract infection?

Certainly: An infected kidney, such as from a backed up stone, perinephric abscess, and infected cyst can cause a kindney infection without symptoms of uti. The actual urinalysis may also be completely normal.

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How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection?

How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection?

UTI: Kidney infections are more serious and cause fever, chills, flank pain and cloudy urine classically. Bladder infections usually cause urinary frequency and burning and at times there can be blood in the urine. Cultures are done to document infection and identify the offending organism.

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Is it common to experience urinary and kidney infections after having a hysterectomy?

Is it common to experience urinary and kidney infections after having a hysterectomy?

No: In the first week after surgery bladder infections but after that there is no increase risk. If this is occurring it should be evaluated.

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Advice for an at home remedy for urinary tract infection that is a possible kidney infection?

Med eval now: I believe in some home remedies but if you are developing possible pyelonephritis, I strongly encourage you seek standard medical care asap.

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How can you tell you have a kidney infection? I think I may have one. What are the signs/symptoms?

Frequency, fever: Frequency, fever, chill, pain, change in urine color, smell.......At the beginning. Flank pain, nausea, weakness, hematuria, pus in urine, not able to pass urine.......

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How can you tell if you have a kidney infection? What are some symptoms?

How can you tell if you have a kidney infection? What are some symptoms?

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.

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Should I go to the emergency room if I think I have a kidney infection and am hurting really badly or can I wait and see my dr. I first noticed the symptoms last weekend and it has progressively been getting worse all week

You: You should call your doctor and discuss your symptoms and see how soon you can be seen. If you are having fever, chills, severe back pain, nausea or vomiting, you may need to proceed to the emergency room if your doctor cannot see you within the next few hours.

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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.

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Found out that I have a possible kidney infection, was told if my symptoms got worse to go to the er.?

Found out that I have a possible kidney infection, was told if my symptoms got worse to go to the er.?

RU on antibiotics: You should be on appropriate antibiotic therapy. Hope urine culture was taken & you were started on a broad spectrum antibiotic which achieve good tissue levels, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or bactrim, whilst culture is growing. Yes you should go to er if symptoms of fever or flank pain worsen or you start vomiting. Will also need a work up if you do in fact have a kidney infection. Will then need IV antibiotic.

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I am having pain on my right side and mid/lower back when I lay down. I previously had a kidney infection in nov. Could this be one? No other symptoms

I am having pain on my right side and mid/lower back when I lay down. I previously had a kidney infection in nov. Could this be one? No other symptoms

Probably not a uti: Generally kidney infections give pain most of the time and have other urinary symptoms such as burning, frequency, etc and also may have fever. However would recommend at least a urinalysis to check it out further.

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What are the symptoms of a kidney infection? What can happen if not treated? I think I might have something like that.

Several: One could experience painful urination, frequency, blood in the urine, back pain, feverish, a possible odor to the urine, the feeling of urgency, etc. If the infection was not treated, then it could progress to a more serious infection such as urosepsis, and/or hydronephrosis, etc. Get evaluated and treated best wishes.

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I don't want to go to the doctors unless I'm absolutely sure. What are some definite symptoms of kidney infections please?

I don't want to go to the doctors unless I'm absolutely sure. What are some definite symptoms of kidney infections please?

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.

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Can kidney infection symptoms disappear?

Can kidney infection symptoms disappear?

Yes, with therapy: Rarely acute pyelonephritis may become symptomatically silent as chronic disease takes over, but generally not without treatment.

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