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Dr. Ronald Shaw
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Can you tell me how long does it take a small kidney infection to go away?

Dr. Ronald Shaw
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Can you tell me how long does it take a small kidney infection to go away?

One to two weeks: Your symptoms may resolve in a few days but you should continue to take all of your antibiotics and the infection may take one to two weeks to get completely better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jesse Chuang
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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How long does it take for a kidney infection & inflammation to go away along w/ pain? I'm on cipro. It's been almost a week already stil in pain.

Dr. Jesse Chuang
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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How long does it take for a kidney infection & inflammation to go away along w/ pain? I'm on cipro. It's been almost a week already stil in pain.

No set time, but...: It really depends on how bad the infection is or was. If it is a mild infection, the pain and inflammation should go away relatively quick. It will be longer if the infection is more severe. However, if you are not feeling any improvement after a week of antibiotics, i would see the doctor again. The bug causing the infection may be resistant to the antibiotic or it may be something else. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Board Certified, Pain Management
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How long does it take for the flank pain from a kidney infection go away ? Only have 2 days of amoxicillin left and it's not as bad but still hurts

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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How long does it take for the flank pain from a kidney infection go away ? Only have  2 days of amoxicillin left and it's not as bad but still hurts

Varies: I would drink more fluids in the meantime to help flush out your kidneys. Stagnant water the enemy. Your kidney likes to have liquid to filter. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Shaw
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How much time does it take a small kidney infection to go away?

Dr. Ronald Shaw
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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One to two weeks: You may feel better in a few days but should continue your antibiotics until finished. The infection may take one to two weeks to get better. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Persaud
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How long does it take for a kidney infection to heal?

Dr. Lisa Persaud
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How long does it take for a kidney infection to heal?

It depends: For a simple bladder infection or urinary tract infection (uti), it should get better within 7-10 days with the right antibiotic. If the infection ascended into your kidney (pyelonephritis), this is more serious and you would generally need stronger antibiotics or intravenous antibiotics. This would take between 1-2 weeks to improve. It also depends on your age and strength of your immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Fioramonti
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How long does it take for a kidney infection to occur after having sex?

Dr. Jerry Fioramonti
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How long does it take for a kidney infection to occur after having sex?

Not long: A bladder infection after sex can typically manifest in the following day or two. Most bladder infections do not become kidney infections unless they are ignored and left untreated too long. ...Read more

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Board Certified, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
25 years in practice
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How long would it take for a kidney infection to get worse?

Dr. Ashu Syal
Board Certified, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
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No time frame: There is no time frame for worsening of renal function. There are factors ( like diabetes, high blood pressure and urine infections) which hasten the process. However if you can control above factors ( which you may not be able to do all the time), the decline in renal function can be slowed down till eternity ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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How long does it take a kidney infection to clear up?

Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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How long does it take a kidney infection to clear up?

A few days: If someone with an uncomplicated bacterial UTI is given an antibiotic to which that the organism is sensisitve, it should clear up in a few days. Most antibiotic treatments are given 5-7 days. However, there are many reasons why it may not clear rapidly. Just a few are stones, poor bladder empyting, more aggressive organisms, bad kidney function, prior surgery on the urinary tract, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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How long does it take for kidney infection to stop hurting?

Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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It varies: If you have a bacterial urinary infection, and you are treated with an antibiotic for which the bacteria is sensitive, it usually resolves in 1-3 days. Drinks lot's of fluids as well. If the dysuria pain persists longer than that; recontact you local physician for further assessment of the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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How long does it take for a bladder to become a kidney infection?

Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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How long does it take for a bladder to become a kidney infection?

Variable: Sometimes no time at all if bladder reflux is present. Otherwise depends upon the bacteria. For instance, some strains of e. Coli + bacterial species have cilia, which are like tine hair projectios from cell wall, enabling to creep like caterpillars up to the kidney.This can occur over a metter of hours or days. ...Read more

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