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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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....... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Can u have a kidney infection without major symptoms? Both sides where ovaries are light pain, bladder tenderness, burn feeling when not urinating.

Can u have a kidney infection without major symptoms? Both sides where ovaries are light pain, bladder tenderness, burn feeling when not urinating.

Maybe: Sure a bladder infection is one of the many possibilities. A simple urinalysis at any doctors office can confirm this for you. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infection in little kids?

Frequent pee: And also hearts when they pee, smell bad and could cloudy and have some blood in it. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of kidney infection?

What are the common symptoms of kidney infection?

Fever with back pain: I look for fever - sometimes high fever - along with one sided back pain above the belt line. The urinalysis will show white cells and bacteria. Many people with kidney infections "look ill." an important variation, however, is kidney infection or even bladder infection in older people. They may have fewer or less obvious symptoms - or even mental status changes - and get quite sick. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with a kidney infection?

What are the symptoms associated with a kidney infection?

Pain / fever: Pain in the kidney area and fever are suggestive of pyelonephritis. This can be a very serious infection causing other systemic signs such as nausea, weakness, lightheadedness, etc. This type of infection is diagnosed with a urine culture, some blood work and occasionally radiology examination. It might require IV or long term oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a kidney infection in women and men?

What are the symptoms of a kidney infection in women and men?

Pain, fever, blood in: Symptoms are
1pain during urination
2frequency and urgency of urination
3blood in the urine
4 flank pain or groin pain
5fever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney infection in women that are older?

Kidney Infection:: A kidney infection (pyelonephritis) occurs when bacteria travels through the blood stream or through the urinary tract to cause an infection in the kidneys. Women experience more urinary tract infections that men because the shorter urethra. The symptoms are fever, flank pain, frequency and urgency in urination. Elderly women may not have any symptom with infection or experience delirum. ...Read more

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I had a severe kidney infection 2 weeks ago finished all my meds and now symptoms are back and so is the pain. Could I have another kidney infection?

Yes it could be: You need to notify your doctor who treated your last infection. He may have to run another urine test. Repeat infections require Urine culture. Sometimes there is an obstructive problem in the urinary tract which requires more tests like CT scan of the abdomen and Pelvis to find the cause.. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney infection that are spreading into your blood?

What are symptoms of kidney infection that are spreading into your blood?

Sepsis symptoms: Fever, shaking chills, sweats, lightheadedness especially when standing, nausea and vomiting, weakness, flank pain, bloody urine, frequent painful urination, increased urge to urinate and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of kidney infection in 1 kidney vs. In both kidneys?

The same: Most likely you have both kidney infected because the sources of the infection is the blood? ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a kidney infection and what are the symptoms?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a kidney infection and what are the symptoms?

Kidney infection: Pyelonephritis. An inflammatory response of kidney due to a bacterial infection. Most common route 4 bacteria to gain access to kidney is via urinary tract. Bacteria enter via urethra ; then travel up ureters from bladder to kidney. Less commonly via blood stream from skin or gum infection. Symptoms: flank or abdominal pain, fever, chills, blood in urine, burning on urination, lower ribs tender. ...Read more

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What's the symptoms of bladder infection? Or a kidney infection?

What's the symptoms of bladder infection? Or a kidney infection?

Burning: Burning with urination is one of the most common symptoms and bad urine odor. Some people experience discomfort or pain in the low abdomen. If the infection is in the kidneys sever back pain and fever will be present. Both should be evaluated by a physician and treated. Sometimes if the infection is in the kidneys hospitalization is required. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more