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If I have a kidney infection is there any chance it will clear up on its own?

If I have a kidney infection is there any chance it will clear up on its own?

Possibly: If you drink plenty of fluids, such as cranberry juice to help acidify your urine, then it is possible. But generally, antibiotics are needed. ...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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What does it mean if your urine is clear when you have a kidney infection?

What does it mean if your urine is clear when you have a kidney infection?

Maybe....: Maybe you don't actually have an infection after all? If you have pain in your side, burning urination and/or frequency, or blood in the urine, but your urine tests are "clear" (negative), you may not have an infection, but another problem, such as a stone. You may require further testing, such as imaging studies, to pin down your problem. ...Read more

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Could 8yr old daughter have a kidney infection without a fever, severe back pain & frequent urination? MRI & kidney scan clear but nitrates in urine.

Could 8yr old daughter have a kidney infection without a fever, severe back pain & frequent urination? MRI & kidney scan clear but nitrates in urine.

Please see answer: It is possible to have a kidney infection without those symptoms, although more often than not fever would be present. If the MRI and kidney scan are normal it's very unlikely she has a kidney infection. The presence of nitrites makes it 98% certain she has a urinary tract infection, but in her case more likely just in the bladder. ...Read more

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I've had a kidney infection recently and was wondering what are the chances of another kidney infection?

I've had a kidney infection recently and was wondering what are the chances of another kidney infection?

Depends: Well..it depends somewhat on what caused the kidney infection. If you had a kidney stone and an infection above that..then yes you could get another one causing infection. If the kidney was damaged by the infection (pyelonephritis we call it)..then it could be prone to re-infection. Truthfully, I wouldn't worry too much about it. ...Read more

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What i think was an untreated kidney infection eventually cleared on its own, how likely is kidney damage?

What i think was an untreated kidney infection eventually cleared on its own, how likely is kidney damage?

Low: Actual infections of the kidney known as pyelonephritis can give one rather severe symptoms especially high fevers and even flank pain. If your symptoms spontaneously cleared then i suspect you did not have true pyelonephritis, and the likelihood of long-term kidney damage is low. ...Read more

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How long does it take a kidney infection to clear up?

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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How much time does a kidney infection take to clear ?

How much time does a kidney infection take to clear ?

One to two weeks: Your may feel better in a few days but you should finish your antibiotics as the infection may take one to two weeks to get better for a small infection and even longer for a significant infection. ...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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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