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I had a lot of bladder infections. Should I worry about getting a kidney infection?

I had a lot of bladder infections. Should I worry about getting a kidney infection?

Yes: Bladder infections in pregnancy are more likely to progress to kidney infections than normal. Kidney infections may also cause preterm delivery, pneumonia or bacteria in the bloodstream. If you have a bladder infection and develop fever, pain going into your back or symptoms like the flu, you need to let your doctor know immediately. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Symptoms of kidney infections are the same as symptoms of bladder infections?

Symptoms of kidney infections are the same as symptoms of bladder infections?

While both can: Cause malodorous urine, kidney infections are more serious: pain in side or back, very high fever, chills, and sepsis. Bladder symptoms are frequency, urgency, burning. The latter, if neglected or treated wrongly, can lead to an upper trcat infection. ...Read more

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Can Macrobid work for kidney infection? That's what I'm prescribed but I was told it's usually only prescribed for bladder infections. Thanks!

Can Macrobid work for kidney infection? That's what I'm prescribed but I was told it's usually only prescribed for bladder infections. Thanks!

It might be semantic: Macrobid is nitrofurantoin, an older antibiotic which is quite effective in uncomplicated urinary tract infections (of the bladder). You are correct that it should not be used for pyelonephritis, a true infection of the kidney. But "kidney infection" is used loosely, and often any UTI is called a kidney infection. If you do have pyelonephritis, other antibiotics should be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can bladder infections turn into kidney infections?How can you tell? My lower back is killing me and my MS fatigue is crazy worries me something is up

UTI: Ascending infection is one of the more common mechanisms by which pyelonephritis (kidney infection) occurs, so the answer is yes. This does not necessarily mean, however, that your back discomfort is due to UTI and you should be seen by your doctor and diagnosed appropriately. ...Read more

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Im23 &always get silent bladder infections Can a silent bladder infect. Cause a silent kidney infection?Can it delay period &cause pregnancy symptoms?

Im23 &always get silent bladder infections Can a silent bladder infect. Cause a silent kidney infection?Can it delay period &cause pregnancy symptoms?

Silent UTIs: Yes, silent UTIs and bladder infections can lead to kidney infections (pyelonephritis) if left untreated. Typically, kidney infections are not "silent". they typically cause generalized symptoms (fever, aches) as well as pain at the kidney (lower r or l back). It is essential to get this these treated as they can lead to loss of kidney fcn. Infxn will not delay menses. See your doc for preg test. ...Read more

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Cloudy urine at the start of peeing the rest is clear. Is it due to std, sti, uti, prostatitis, epididymitis, bladder infections or kidney infections?

Cloudy urine at the start of peeing the rest is clear. Is it due to std, sti, uti, prostatitis, epididymitis, bladder infections or kidney infections?

Probably okay if...: Have you felt some change in your usual voiding pattern like burning urination or urethral discharge? Did you get urinalysis with properly collected fresh urine, which should be the minimal yet surest way to confirm if having UTI etc. What you described could be normal to reflect some amorphous phosphate sediment in alkaline urine followed with clear urine. So, seek evaluation & counseling... ...Read more

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I get bladder infections (once led to a kidney infection) a lot, is it a 'chronic bacterial infection'?

No it's not: A chronic but a recurrent infection. Ask ur pcp about a referral to a urologist for further workup to check for abnormal structure in ur urinary tract. Take care! http://www.Patient.Co.Uk/doctor/recurrent-urinary-tract-infection. ...Read more

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I have found out that I have a kidney & bladder infection. How long can you have a kidney infection without knowing?

I have found out that I have a kidney & bladder infection. How long can you have a kidney infection without knowing?

Here are some ...: How were you told to have kidney/ladder infection? By symptoms + urinalysis or by urinalysis alone without symptoms? If by the former one, did you have fever + backache on one side? If no, you probably just have common UTI in bladder. If by the latter one, you need to repeat urinalysis with a properly collected urine specimen with no contamination before stating you got UTI. More? Ask Doc timely.. ...Read more

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If you have a kidney infection, does that automatically mean you have a bladder Infection also? I know you can have bladder infection without pyleonep

If you have a kidney infection, does that automatically mean you have a bladder Infection also? I know you can have bladder infection without pyleonep

Not necessarily: Infection in the kidney need not be associated with urinary bladder infection or cystitis, even the bugs in urine are traveling through the bladder. However the question is moot since infection of the kidney is a more serious issue and treatment of that would take care of bladder infection, in any. 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. ...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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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