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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Bladder And Kidney Infection

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Is there any way to tell the difference between a bladder and kidney infection without going to the doctor?

Is there any way to tell the difference between a bladder and kidney infection without going to the doctor?

Yes: A kidney infection is a much more serious problem and it is associated with chills and fever as well as flank pain versus a bladder infection which can be devoid of any symptoms or associated with burning on urination, excessive urination and feeling of urgency to go. Kidney infections need to be investigated with appropriate testing and urine cultures. ...Read more

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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How do I know if I have either a bladder infection, kidney infection or uti? What's the difference? What are the symptoms of each?

How do I know if I have either a bladder infection, kidney infection or uti? What's the difference? What are the symptoms of each?

Symptoms: A UTI (urinary tract infection) is a general term for any infection within the urinary system. Bladder infection is also known as cystitis. Kidney infection is also known as pyelonephritis. Typically, patients are more ill when they have a kidney infection compared with a bladder infection - fevers, nausea/vomiting, abdominal and back pain. ...Read more

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For what reason does my stomach get upset after i eat since i had a bladder and kidney infection?

For what reason does my stomach get upset after i eat since i had a bladder and kidney infection?

Possibly from meds: Various antibiotics are notorious for causing stomach upsets. Check with dr who prescribed them. Probiotics, such as tactobacillus may help to restore normal bowel flora which may have been destroyed by antibiotics & be cause of your stomach upset. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a big penis everytime we have intercourse I bleed and recently I had a bladder and kidney infection can it be the cause of it?

My boyfriend has a big penis everytime we have intercourse I bleed and recently I had a bladder and kidney infection can it be the cause of it?

Yes: The physical trauma of sex can lead to bladder infections. Good lubrication and gentleness can go a long way to preventing injury and bleeding after sex. Drink plenty of fluids, and be sure to urinate immediately after you have sex (never sleep after sex unti you empty your bladder). Vitamin C and cranberry juice in your diet can also help reduce the chance of a bladder infection. ...Read more

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Cepholosporins for bladder/ kidney infection?

Cepholosporins for bladder/ kidney infection?

Kidney and bladder: Can work but it depends on the area and the resistance of the bacteria in same. These differ place to place. It will work if the culture was done and it showed sensitivity. ...Read more

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How to get a kidney infection to not result from bladder one?

How to get a kidney infection to not result from bladder one?

Treat promptly: Get urinalysis and culture as soon as UTI suspected and start on antibiotics asap. Drink plenty of water and urinate fairly frequently. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bladder to become a kidney infection?

How long does it take for a bladder to become a kidney infection?

Variable: Sometimes no time at all if bladder reflux is present. Otherwise depends upon the bacteria. For instance, some strains of e. Coli + bacterial species have cilia, which are like tine hair projectios from cell wall, enabling to creep like caterpillars up to the kidney.This can occur over a metter of hours or days. ...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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What is the different pain bettween a bladder infection and a kidney infection or stone?

Bladder infection: Caused by abnormal bacteria in the bladder, kidney infection, the bacteria is in your kidney- more serious, a kidney stone is not an infection, kidney stone starts in the kidney and can stay there or get trapped in the ureter or bladder sometimes you can pass a small stone, other times will need treatment to remove it or crush it. ...Read more

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How long until a bladder infection turns into kidney infection?

How long until a bladder infection turns into kidney infection?

Varies: Many times an untreated bladder infection will just go away on its own. Of course they usually go away much quicker if treated appropriately. The progression to a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is variable but somewhere around 5% to 20%. ...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. Dariush Saghafi
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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