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How Long Does It Take A Urinary Tract Infection To Reach The Kidneys
Instantly ->few days: Bacteria can reach the kidneys almost instantly if the subject has vesico-ureteral reflux (urine backs up from bladder), or can take hours to days depending upon the bacteria. Some bacteria have tiny hair like projections (cilia) and can crawl through bladder vales and work their way up to the kidney. Sign of infection reaching the kidneys is when you develop back or flank pain. ...Read more
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
Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. In general, a bladder infection should not ascend to the kidneys unless there is an anatomic abnormality with the ureters. (reflux). ...Read more
Sometimes: Your kidneys will not hurt with an uncomplicated urinary tract infection, which just effects the bladder. But if the infection backs up into the kidneys and infects the kidney, this is called pyelonephritis, which usually causes the kidneys to hurt. This is a more serious infection, and requires a longer course of antibiotics. ...Read more
What to do if I have some pain in my kidneys and i also have a urinary tract infection. Is that what causing it?
Yes: Bladder infection can reach the kidneys if bladder (vesico-ureteral) reflux is present, also some bacteria have little arm like projections (fimbriae) and can crawl though the bladder valve and up ureters to kidney. Bacterial infection in the kidney is pyelonephritis which can make suject very ill & cause plenty of damage or if untreated even destroy the kidney. Thus, all utis should be treated. ...Read more
UTI: Kidney infections are more serious and cause fever, chills, flank pain and cloudy urine classically. Bladder infections usually cause urinary frequency and burning and at times there can be blood in the urine. Cultures are done to document infection and identify the offending organism. ...Read more
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 an uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read more
It may not!: A urinary tract infection is a clinical diagnosis, and doesn't necessarily hinge on a positive urine culture. However, typical bacteria associated with uti's will test positive within 24hr. Cultures help in choosing the most appropriate antibiotic. However, keep in mind some microbes cannot be cultured, or aren't routinely cultured (e.g. Ureaplasma, chlamydia) — but can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
See your doctor: You need prescription medication for treatment of urinary infection and your doctor will advise you on the type of medication and duration of treatment. ...Read more
See below: Hours to days depending on the type and quantity of the organism and the overall health of the host. ...Read more
A few days: In most cases it should be resolved within a few days. ...Read more
What are the causes of a urinary tract infection and what kind of medicine can I take for the pain?
Multiple causes: Most urinary infections are bacterial. Some are ascending infections through the urethra, especially in women, other are due to seeding of the kidney through blood. Some urinary infections are prompted by obstruction to the flow of urine. The medicine needs to be tailored to the organism causing the infection and it is not a matter for self-care. Please see your doctor for proper antibiotic. ...Read more
No: You can take cystex to relieve the symptoms of a urinary tract infection but not necessarily the cause. It is designed to decrease symptoms UNTIL you get a chance to see your primary medical doctor. This medication is similar to pyridium, (phenazopyridine) for symptomatic relief, but does not turn your urine orange. ...Read more
Probably: Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that would typically be effective in a urinary tract infection. The usual dose would be 200-400 mg twice daily for about 5 days. As with any potential infection, the best way to determine proper treatment is to get a culture and sensitivity test on the urine. If you self treat, it would be best to get a urine culture in about 2 weeks to prove you were cured. ...Read more
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
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
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