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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection cause angina?

Can a kidney infection cause angina?

No: No....Coronary artery blockages are cause for angina. In rare instances coronary spasm can also cause it. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection cause spotting?

Can a kidney infection cause spotting?

May be: Urinary tract infection can cause some bleeding which may show up as spotting. ...Read more

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Can kidney infection cause miscarrage?

Can kidney infection cause miscarrage?

Yes it can: Any infection in your body increases risk of miscarriage/preterm labor. Even with asymptomatic (no symptom) bacteruria (bacteria in urine) should be treated during pregnancy to reduce risk, kidney is a much more serious infection and should be promptly and aggressively treated asap. Please consult doc--do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a kidney infection cause headaches?

Does a kidney infection cause headaches?

Infection: Almost may illness can cause headache. Most of these are mild and respond to rest, oral fluids. If you are having a severe headache and is progressive then seek care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Get evaluated.: Kidney infections, are by definition, urinary tract infections. They usually start as infections of the bladder & ascend to the kidneys. If you are having repeated infections of the kidney, you need a workup to determine if there are underlying conditions such as stones, kidney failure, diabetes, or foreign bodies contributing to this. Repeated infections can lead to loss of kidney function. ...Read more

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What causes a kidney infection in a young child?

What causes a kidney infection in a young child?

Many causes!: Kidney infection typically occurs when bacteria enter urinary tract through the tube that carries urine from your body (urethra) and begin to multiply. However girls have a greater risk of kidney infection than do boys due to shorter urethra. A child with abnormal urinary tract, weakened immune system, and vesicoureteral reflux is more at a risk of kidney infection. ...Read more

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Can having kidney infections cause loss of weight?

Kidney infections: Any chronic illness can cause metabolic changes that might lead to weight loss. I would be more concerned about why you're having recurring infections of the "kidneys". Are you sure they were not blader inffections? Recurring infections involving the kidneys should always be evaluated by a urologist. ...Read more

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Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Encephalopathy: I think what you are asking about is uremic encephalopathy which develops as patients begin to experience renal failure. This is not necessarily due to a kidney infection, nor do all kidney infections result in this condition. The buildup of various substances that would normally be regulated by the kidney leads to symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

Usually bacterial: Bacteria enter through the urethra and end up growing in the bladder and then the kidney. Yes, certain infections can lead to sepsis and death if not treated. ...Read more

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What can cause bad kidney infection (pyelonephritis) for over 2 weeks!?

Treatment failure: You may need a different antibiotic or to stay in the hospital to get antibiotics by infusion into a vein. ...Read more

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What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

Not soft drinks: Soft drinks will not cause kidney infections. Congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract, stones, obstruction, reflux, poor bladder emptying, infrequent voiding, and "sticky bacteria" are the most common causes. ...Read more

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What to if I am having a terrible kidney infection does eating meat cause this?

What to if I am having a terrible kidney infection does eating meat cause this?

No: If you actually have an infection of your kidneys (pyelonephritis) you should see a physician for proper work up and treatment. It has nothing to do with diet. ...Read more

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6th kidney infection in less then a year...Dr thinks they could be caused by endometriosis...Is this possible? Suggestions on what to do next?

6th kidney infection in less then a year...Dr thinks they could be caused by endometriosis...Is this possible? Suggestions on what to do next?

See answer: Kidney infections (pyelonephritis): fever >101, chills, feel ill, positive urine culture. Endometriosis can affect the urinary tract: bladder and/or ureter but is not generally associated with recurrent utis or kidney infections unless blocking the ureter which would be evident on a ct scan. Endometriosis of bladder may cause blood in urine and mimic cystitis uti. Recommend urologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Could drinking liquor cause kidney infections?

Could drinking liquor cause kidney infections?

Kidney infections: The cause of kidney infections is generally by two different routes. 1) an ascending infection that arises from the lower urinary tract (bladder, ureters) or 2) hematogenous spread, directly from bacteria that are within the bloodstream. I am not aware of any reason why drinking liquor could cause kidney infections. ...Read more

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What causes frequent kidney infections?

What causes frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infections?

Bacteria: Kidney infections usually begin in the lower urinary tract. After bacteria infect there, they ascend to the kidney. Trauma, hygiene, and obstruction can all contribute to kidney infections. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infections in a child?

What causes kidney infections in a child?

Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. In children it should raise the possibility of an abnormality of the urinary system. Congenital obstruction or urinary reflux are the most common causes. Surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infection and symptom's?

What causes kidney infection and symptom's?

Germs get to kidney: Kidney infections are almost always result of lower urinary tract infection. Bacteria reach bladder, very easy in females & then they travel from bladder up ureters to kidney. Either 2ndary to bladder reflux or bacteria can crawl thru uretererl valve in bladder on their "hair" like a caterpillar. Occasional infections are blood born from an abscess or infected teeth. Swelling causes the pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infection in a child?

Pediatric urologist: This should be evaluated by a pediatric urologist. Kidney infections in children suggest the possibility of there being some anatomic abnormality of the urinary tract. Reflux, incompetent valves, blood stream spread of disease, and so on should be ruled out., . ...Read more

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What are potential causes of untreatable kidney infection?

Infect. Kidney stone: Impossible to eliminate bacteria from an infected kidney stone. Stone has to be removed before kidney infection associated with a stone can be cleared. Kidney abscess needs be drained, or non-functioning infected kidneys with or without hydronephrosis need to be removed. Kidney infection with organism resistant to all antibiotics can be untreatable. Occasionally chronic smoldering pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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Can a dairy intolerance be a cause of recurring kidney infections?

Doubtful: Lactose intolerance is usually not associated with kidney or bladder infections. You need to see a urologist for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of kidney infections and how do you clear it?

What is the most common cause of kidney infections and how do you clear it?

Bacteria: Usually e. Coli is most common followed by a bunch of other bugs that live near the rectum/anus. Prevent with drinking water and urinating regularly. Treat with appropriate type and duration of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection cause blood in my urine?

Can a kidney infection cause blood in my urine?

Yes: Uti which can become kidney infection can cause pain and frequency with urination as well as blood in urine. You will need to go to doc to check urine culture, check temperature and possible kidney ultrasound depending on clinical findings. ...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. Tanya Russo
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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