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

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

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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What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney infection? Are the antibiotics for treatment the same?

What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney infection? Are the antibiotics for treatment the same?

Uti a general term: Utis are bladder and/or kidney kidney infections often require antibiotics for longer and in different dosage than bladder infections. ...Read more

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How could a doctor tell the difference between a kidney infection and a uti?

How could a doctor tell the difference between a kidney infection and a uti?

Definitions: First of all, both of these are very generic terms. Uti refers to infections anywhere along the urinary tract including a kidney infection. However when most people use the term UTI they usually mean a bladder infection or irritation of the lower urinary tract. Infections of the kidney or pyelonephritis are often associated with fevers, severe pain and more serious illness than bladder infection. ...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 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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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. See my comment:. ...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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I've been prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a UTI and kidney infection. I have severe lpain in my thigh is this normal?

I've been prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a UTI and kidney infection. I have severe lpain in my thigh is this normal?

Not normal: Recent changes in post marketing Cipro (ciprofloxacin) reporting have lead the fda to recently send out warnings to physicians regarding the class of drugs Cipro (ciprofloxacin) belongs to regarding the ability to cause a nerve condition called peripheral neuropathy. Contact your prescribing provider immediately. ...Read more

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Is a UTI and kidney infection signs of endo? They are both gone now but I'm still constantly hurting in the pelvis. I had a partial Hysterectomy at 24

Is a UTI and kidney infection signs of endo? They are both gone now but I'm still constantly hurting in the pelvis. I had a partial Hysterectomy at 24

Not related: UTIs & kidney infections can coexist with endometriosis, but they are totally different & unrelated conditions. Pelvic pain can have many causes, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, ovarian cyst, interstitial cystitis etc. Advise gynecologic consultation ...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


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