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How can you tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

How can you tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

Bladder/kidney infx: Sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference, but often the difference is in the degree of symptoms. A simple bladder infection has mostly local discomfort with urinating, an urge to void with little urine, and possibly blood in the urine. A kidney infection is more systemic, with fever, chills and sweats, and pain more in the mid back or flanks. A cat scan can sometimes show which it is. ...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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Difference in urinary tract, kidney, and bladder infections? Or symptoms? How long does it take to get urine test results? Treatment for 2 year old?

Difference in urinary tract, kidney,  and bladder infections? Or symptoms?  How long does it take to get urine test results? Treatment for 2 year old?

UTi: There is usually no difference between bladder and kidney infection other than fever. Kidney infection tend to have fevers. Other symptoms of kidney infection is vomiting, back pain, more sick-looking. Bladder infections tend to have frequency, pain on voiding and urgency. Results of urinalysis is usually available immediately at the pediatrician's office. ...Read more

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My fiance is a quad. As a result of an auto accident. Are there any suggestions on how to help prevent kidney and bladder infections?

My fiance is a quad. As a result of an auto accident. Are there any suggestions on how to help prevent kidney and bladder infections?

Clean cathing: The literature is rather clear on the fact that nitrofurantoin, methenamine, vitamin c or cranberry pills do not lower the risk of utis anymore than placebo. The risk of chronic Nitrofurantoin use is pulmonary fibrosis which is to be avoided at all cost, especially in a tetraplegic person. Use clean cathing to avoid contamination and cath often to prevent urine stagnation and bacterial growth. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

How do doctors tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

See below: A urinalysis can be very helpful in determining whether or not you have a UTI but it does not differentiate between a bladder or kidney infection. Both types of uti's can cause burning, urgency and frequency. Kidney infections more frequently cause fever and chills and they produce pain and tenderness in the cva(costovertebral angle) in the flank where the kidneys are located. ...Read more

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Can a ua tell the diffrence between a kidney and bladder infection. Does either type of infection usually cause severe pain in the kidney area?

Can a ua tell the diffrence between a kidney and bladder infection. Does either type of infection usually cause severe pain in the kidney  area?

No: A urinalysis can be very helpful in determining whether or not you have a UTI but it does not differentiate between a bladder or kidney infection. Both types of uti's can cause burning, urgency and frequency. Kidney infections more frequently cause fever and chills and they produce pain and tenderness in the cva(costovertebral angle) in the flank where the kidneys are located. ...Read more

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What do I do for a bad kidney and bladder infection?

What do I do for a bad kidney and bladder infection?

See your doctor!: If you have a severe bladder infection, the most appropriate treatment is to take antibiotics. Your doctor can help choice both the most appropriate antibiotic and for how long to take it. A kidney infection can be severe and even require time in the hospital so it is important not to delay treatment. Your doctor can also test the urine to confirm which bacteria is infecting and how to treat it. ...Read more

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If i went to the medic for dehydration, hypoklemia (k+2.9) and kidney and bladder infection was this a personal injury? I was in the emergency for dehydration, hypokalemia (k+2.9), and got a kidney and bladder infection. I would like to know how serious

If i went to the medic for dehydration, hypoklemia (k+2.9) and kidney and bladder infection was this a personal injury? I was in the emergency for dehydration, hypokalemia (k+2.9), and got a kidney and bladder infection.  I would like to know how serious

It : It sounds like you had a kidney infection with dehydration and severe hypokalemia (potassium of 2.9). Hydrochlorothiazide causes low potassium. I am so sorry that this happened to you and would recommend that you follow up with the pharmacy. It should be a learning experience for them as it sounds like a mistake was made. Please follow up so that they are aware of this. ...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

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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What's the recommended way to overcome recurring kidney or bladder infections?

What's the recommended way to overcome recurring kidney or bladder infections?

Consult a urologist: Problem should be worked up. Need to rule out an anatomic problem. Cranberry juice or tabs. Reduce bacterial adherence to bladder wall. Basic preventatives: urinate after sex, treat or avoid constipation, wear cotton underwear & no thongs, keep well hydrated & avoid delaying urination., separate thighs widely with urination & consult a dr. ...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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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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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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What could clear tissue in urine mean? 74 yr old with one kidney removed due to cancer as well as bladder infections.

Not sure what: Clear tissue may mean, but it is time to get a urne analysis and some blood work, and then decision about imaging or cystoscopy. You did not say if it was the kidney, its pelvis or ureter that was cancer. I would definitely call or visit your urologist. ...Read more

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I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice and tablets have been recommended for uti's. It may or may not help. It is not recommended for kidney stones. For those two conditions the important thing is to maintain hydration, increase your water intake to keep your urine clear color. How much you drink depends on your size and metabolism. Empty your bladder frequently specially after intercourse, avoid vaginal infections. ...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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I would like to ask you from a medical standpoint some of the reasons why cystitis or bladder infections/inability to urinate or urinary retention continue to occur in a 33 year old female. my kidneys have been checked and my bowel quite completely. Yet,

I would like to ask you from a medical standpoint some of the reasons why cystitis or bladder infections/inability to urinate or urinary retention continue to occur in a 33 year old female. my kidneys have been checked and my bowel quite completely. Yet,

There is a : Condition called interstitial cystitis where u have inflammation of the bladder wall and symptoms present just like a chronic UTI. Urine retention and urinary tract infections can also be caused by abnormal pathology of the urethra or ureter at the point of entering the bladder (ureterovesicular junction or UVJ) which will promote UTIs. U need a cystoscopy from a Urologist to diagnose and treat. ...Read more

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Had uti and bladder infections 5 times, had a ct scan and ultrosound only find 2 small polyps in uterine wallbut in severe pain in kidneys,bladder hel?

Had uti and bladder infections 5 times, had a ct scan and ultrosound only find 2 small polyps in uterine wallbut in severe pain in kidneys,bladder hel?

Kidney infection: if you have pain and fever in back you may need stronger antibiotics and esp with recurrent infection . At least the ct is supposedly normal kidneys ...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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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