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How long does it take a urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

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

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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Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

Could you tell me how long it takes your urinary tract infection to reach the kidneys?

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

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Will my kidneys hurt when I have a urinary tract infection?

Will my kidneys hurt when I have a urinary tract infection?

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

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What to do if I have some pain in my kidneys and i also have a urinary tract infection. Is that what causing it?

What to do if I have some pain in my kidneys and i also have a urinary tract infection. Is that what causing it?

Need evaluation..: If you have an uti, and now have developed kidney pain, then you might have a kidney infection +/- kidney stones. You need to be seen immediately because sometimes this requires hospitalization to treat. ...Read more

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Can a urinary tract infection affect your kidneys?

Can a urinary tract infection affect your kidneys?

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

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I want to know what is the difference in symptoms of urinary tract infection and kidney stones?

I want to know what is the difference in symptoms of urinary tract infection and kidney stones?

Can be similar: Flank pain, blood in the urine, frequent urination and pain when urinating can all be cause by both of these problems. Typically, however, back, flank or groin pain predominates with kidney stones and pain during urination dominates in uti. ...Read more

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Can you have a kidney infection without having a urinary tract infection?

Can you have a kidney infection without having a urinary tract infection?

Certainly : An infected kidney, such as from a backed up stone, perinephric abscess, and infected cyst can cause a kindney infection without symptoms of uti. The actual urinalysis may also be completely normal. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection?

How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection?

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

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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 an uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried if I have lower back pain with a urinary tract infection?

Do you think I should be worried if I have lower back pain with a urinary tract infection?

Probably not: Probably not but if this continues of worsens after treatment or if you develop fever, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is upper back pain or lower back pain involved with a urinary tract infection?

Both: Pain in the upper part of your lumbar spine, just at the level where ribs begin is possible. Lower back pain is more common. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the symptoms of a urinary tract infection to disappear?

36 -72 hours: Provided bacteria causing UTI are sensitive to the antibiotic prescribed. Hence, advice to have a urine culture done when UTI is diagnosed to ensure that you are on the correct antibiotic. Symptoms can persists for weeks or months if not on or on wrong antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

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

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What to take for a urinary tract infection and for how long?

What to take for a urinary tract infection and for how long?

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

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How long is it supposed to it take for a urinary tract infection to develop?

See below: Hours to days depending on the type and quantity of the organism and the overall health of the host. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

UTI: Pain or discomfort while urinating or foul odor can be signs of an uti. Your doctor can do an urinalysis and/or culture to assess for white cells and bacteria that might indicate an infection. Subsequently, if there, your doctor would then place you on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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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

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Can I take cystex for urinary tract infection?

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

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Can I take ofloxacin for a urinary tract infection, I have 200mg pills?

Can I take ofloxacin for a urinary tract infection, I have 200mg pills?

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

Dr. Gary Pess
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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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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