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Doctor insights on: Different Types Of Kidney Infections

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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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Is it true that you can tell if u have a kidney infection or any type of infection from your urine?

Is it true that you can tell if u have a kidney infection or any type of infection from your urine?

Possible: Doing an analysis of the urine can check for bacteria or agents that would cause an infection in your bladder or kidneys. ...Read more

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What is the different pain bettween a bladder infection and a kidney infection or stone?

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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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

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Is there a noticeable difference of the pain you have between having kidney stones vs some other type of kidney infection or problem?

Is there a noticeable difference of the pain you have between having kidney stones vs some other type of kidney infection or problem?

As: Kidney stones attempt to pass through a narrow pass way, is quite painful. The infection will give you pain and usually presents with bad blood infection. (not to be confused with bladder infection). ...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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Kidney infections symtoms?

Kidney infections symtoms?

Several: A kidney infection is different from a bladder infection (cystitis). It has gone higher up the urinary tract. For this reason, symptoms my be different. This is usually quite serious and may cause fever, chills, pain on the affected side in the upper back, nausea and vomiting and pain with urination. One may have pain inn the flank and along the gutter of the abdomen. Don't delay, get seen now. ...Read more

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What is a kidney infection?

What is a kidney infection?

Microbe in kidney: Microorganisms can gain access to the kidneys from the blood stream or ascend from the lower urinary tract (bladder). Infections can be caused by a bacteria, virus, fungal, parasite or other invader that can multiple in the organ. ...Read more

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Signs of a kidney infection?

Signs of a kidney infection?

Fever and pain: Fever, nausea, vomiting, pain with urination, back pain, abdominal pain, blood in your urine, chills. ...Read more

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Simptoms of kidney infection?

Fever and back pain: Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is usually bacterial in nature and related to a urinary tract infection. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, painful urination, and costovertebral tenderness (pain in your back between the 12th rib and spine). Your doctor can diagnose pyelonephritis with simple urine tests and physical exam. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infection?

Symptoms of kidney infection?

UTI symptoms: Depending on what part of the urinary tract is infected, symptoms can range from:
urethra (urethritis): burning w/urination ; local irritation; blood in urine, strong urine odor
bladder (cyctitis): lower abdominal pain ; above
kidney (pyelonephritis): flank/back pain, fever, chills, ; all of the above
sepsis: bacteria migrated to the bloodstream;
all of the above + low bp, rapid heart rate, ill. ...Read more

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Why do kidney infections occur?

Via urine or blood: Kidney infections are most commonly due to bacteria entering the bladder and work their way up to the kidney. In children commonly due to faulty bladder valves permitting urine to back up to kidney. Many bacteria have hair-like tenticles allowing them to crawl thru bladder valve + up to kidney where they multiply. Less often bacteria can reach kidney via blood stream from skin infection or abscess. ...Read more

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I think I have kidney infection?

I think I have kidney infection?

Signs of kidney infx: A kidney infection is a urinary infection which has spread beyond the bladder to the kidney. An "ordinary" bladder infection makes you feel like you have to pee all the time yet only a little bit may come out. Sometimes it hurts to pee and sometimes you see blood in the urine. If the infection gets up into the kidney you may also feel pain in your back, have a fever, and even shaking chills. ...Read more

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How do you get kidney infections?

Starts bladder: Starts bladder in some infection progresses to kidney. Some because of anatomical event causing urine to reflux to kidney. ...Read more

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What can cure a kidney infection?

What can cure a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: Appropriate antibiotics, meaning that the bacteria causing infection are sensitive to the prescribed antibiotic. Kidney stones, if present, will need to be removed & any condition predisposed to causing urine infections which lead to kidney infection needs to be corrected. ...Read more

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What to do for a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: Pyelonephritis is treated with antibiotics. Either oral or intravenous, depending on the severity. Must be treated under a doctors supervision. ...Read more

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How painful is a kidney infection?

How painful is a kidney infection?

Will vary.: Kidney infections are serious and require prompt treatment with the right antibiotic. Flank pain is the most common symptom and can range from mild flank discomfort to severe flank pain with fever, nausea, and vomiting. If you think you have a kidney infection, see your physician as soon as you can for evaluation and urine culture. ...Read more

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How serious is a kidney infection?

Extremely: Antibiotics are not causing the fever, the infection is. They might be making the nausea from infection worse, which can sometimes be helped if take w/food. If vomiting up all food/drink, then will need hospitalized for IV antibiotics. Untreated kidney (or other) infection can spread, cause sepsis and death--that is why they are treated. ...Read more

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What is causing kidney infections?

What is causing kidney infections?

Many possible causes: Infections start in bladder & ascend due to urinary reflux or bacteria able to pass thru bladder valve. Could be due to bladder full & not urinating after sex, bubble-bath +/or tub baths rather than showers, thongs +/or non-cotton underwear, not wiping front to back or keeping thighs together + trapping urine in vagina with voiding, chronic constipation, menopause. ...Read more

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How can I cure a kidney infection?

How can I cure a kidney infection?

Suitable antibiotics: U need 2c doctor who will send urine culture to identify bacteria causing infection ; which antibiotic will be effective to kill the bacteria. In mean time start u on a broad spectrum antibiotic like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Bactrim for 2 weeks whilst awaiting urine culture result ; chnage antibiotic if necessary. Macrodantin shouldn't be used (poor tissue penetration). Drink lots of water ; get lots of rest. ...Read more

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Where does a kidney infection hurt?

Where does a kidney infection hurt?

Two reasons: 1) just like infections that you get on your skin (large zit, abscess, ingrown nail), the resulting response will cause inflammation in and around the organ. The inflammation also results in swelling.

2) since the kidney is surrounded by a tough membrane called the capsule, swelling increasing the pressure in the kidney, which can also register as pain. ...Read more

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How can I treat a kidney infection?

How can I treat a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: A patient with a kidney infections (pyelonephritis) should be treated with an appropriate antibiotic and be kept well hydrated after being seen by a physician. Depending on the situation this can be done in the hospital or at home however, if a patient is not improving on a given regimen then the treatment must be re-evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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What is good for a kidney infection?

What is good for a kidney infection?

Kidney Infection: Kidney infections characterized by fever and flank pain require antibiotic treatment. If severe, hospitalization can be necessary. A urine culture is often needed to help choose the correct antibiotic.
Other urinary tract infection such as bladder infections or cystitis cause burning with urination, frequent urination and sometimes blood in the urine. Antibiotics are also needed. ...Read more

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I keep getting kidney infections why?

I keep getting kidney infections why?

? Sex, ? hygiene: Kidney infections r caused by bacteria ascending from bladder. Could be: u don't urinate after sex and go to sleep with a full bladder, use bubble-bath or take tub baths rather than shower, wipe wrong way, don't spread your thighs when urinating + thus trapping urine behind labia, withhold urge to void, wear thongs or non-cotton underwear, are constipated. Any of above could make you prone tro ut. ...Read more

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Kidney infection pain lasts how long?

Kidney infection pain lasts how long?

No specific time: Length of pain depends on how bad the infection is and how good your immune system is. It also depends on how sensitive the infection is to the antibiotics and how soon you start the antibiotics. The faster it gets treated or the milder the infection, the faster the pain goes away. ...Read more

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What are signs of a kidney infection?

Kidney infection: Usually fever, chills, flank pain, sometime associated with burning on urination, frequency and blood and white cells in the urine. ...Read more

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How long does a kidney infection last?

How long does a kidney infection last?

Kidney infection: Most kidney infections (with actual bacteria) will last until treated with antibiotics. Irritation of the urinary tract (cystitis) may go away with time (days, avoidance of irritating soaps or bubble bath). ...Read more

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Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Absolutely: It can spread from the kidney to other organs. It may even start sepsis and become life threatening. Check with your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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