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If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need i.V. Antibiotics?

If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need i.V. Antibiotics?

Kidney infection: Most urinary tract infections can be treated with oral antibiotics. The usual situations where IV antibiotics are necessary are if the infection does not improve with oral antibiotics (often requires more than one course) or if the patient has nausea and vomiting and cannot take oral antibiotics. Otherwise, most people can be treated at home with oral medications. ...Read more

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If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need to go to the hospital?

If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need to go to the hospital?

No: Kidney infections are much more serious infections than urinary infections of the lower urinary tract (bladder). If caught early and treated appropriately, many of these patients can be treated as an outpatient. If the treatment fails, the patient will need to be admitted to the hospital fior therapy. ...Read more

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How long being on amoxicillin for a kidney infection before i start noticing improvement? I've had. 6 doses and a dose of IV antiobiotic . Strep bacte

How long being on amoxicillin for a kidney infection before i start noticing improvement? I've had. 6 doses and a dose of IV antiobiotic . Strep bacte

Pyelonephritis: If you have not had a longer period of treatment than it may be several days or more before the inflammation in your kidneys begins to recede and your symptoms diminish. Your prior question did not indicate how few doses you have had. Symptomatic improvement can lag significantly behind elimination of the causative agent. ...Read more

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Why is it important to complete an entire course of antibioitcs to treat a kidney infection?

 Why is it important to complete an entire course of antibioitcs to treat a kidney infection?

Here are some...: Real infection of kidneys has been known to involve the thick heterogeneous kidney tissue which poses more difficulty for antibiotics to penetrate to kill germs thoroughly as opposed to UTI limited to bladder and urethra. Chiefly, experience has proved the adequate length of using antibiotics for the infection at different organs by different germs. But personal immunity also plays important role. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection get better without Antiboitics?

Can a kidney infection get better without Antiboitics?

Possibly: If the infection was associated with a kidney stone and the infection was proximal to it (above) then antibiotics may not be needed. ...Read more

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I was seen in er thursday for kidney infection, given IV antibiotics and D/C with Bactrim. should i still feel bad and have on/off fever/pain/nausea?

I was seen in er thursday for kidney infection, given IV antibiotics and D/C with Bactrim. should i still feel bad and have on/off fever/pain/nausea?

You should have been: feeling a lot better by now. You may be developing an abscess or other complication. Reevaluation would be important if the treatment is not being clinically effective. See your health care provider for this. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is being treated for sepsis, kidney infection and accute prostatitis. he has been on IV antibiotics for 17 days it still burns?

What do you suggest if my husband is being treated for sepsis, kidney infection and accute prostatitis. he has been on IV antibiotics for 17 days it still burns?

Contact doctor: You need to inform his doctor of his condition. Who is giving him the IV antibiotics? Is he at home or in a healthcare facility? If he is getting the treatment at home, he may need to visit his doctor. ...Read more

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My husband is being treated for sepsis, kidney infection and acute prostatitis. he has been on IV antibiotics for 17 days and it still burns. Is this normal?

Yes: After a serious infection such as this one, there is likely to be burning until the epithelium has completely healed. There may also be another cause of the burning; your physician can address this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over a kidney infection? Iv been taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 4 days and i see a little difference but still some pain.

How long does it take to get over a kidney infection? Iv been taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 4 days and i see a little difference but still some pain.

See your physician.: Kidney infections are serious and require prompt treatment with the right antibiotic. Hopefully you have a urine culture result by now which will show the correct antibiotic. Flank pain is common even on proper therapy, but worsening pain & fever requires re-evaluation with physical exam & possibly imaging as your current regimen may be inadequate. See your physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can you exercise with a kidney infection? Im in a lot of pain still but am I allowed to do vigorous exercise?

Can you exercise with a kidney infection? Im in a lot of pain still but am I allowed to do vigorous exercise?

I would take it easy: Remember your body needs time to convalesce and heal. While remaining active is still important for good health, during an acute illness I would encouraged you to tone down activity, as there are multiple studies to suggest that vigorous exercise suppresses your immune system. So why take any undue risks. If you still really want to exercise vigorously run it by the doctor treating you. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a duplex kidney & should I still go on holiday if i still have a kidney infection?

Docs can you explain what is a duplex kidney & should I still go on holiday if i still have a kidney infection?

Normal variant: Duplex kidney means your kidney drains via 2 ureters (tubes connecting kidney to bladder) but a single kidney, usually a little larger than a non-duplex kidney. Presence of kidney infection suggests possible urinary reflux from bladder to kidney. Worth checking with VCUG (bladder x-ray). No doubt on antibiotics (a) for infection & continue to take. Go & consider prophylactic as whilst on vacation. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection i've been useing antibiotics its been 8 days and I still have pain is it getting worse?

I have a kidney infection i've been useing antibiotics its been 8 days and I still have pain is it getting worse?

See your physician.: Kidney infections are serious and require prompt treatment with the right antibiotic. Hopefully you have a urine culture result by now which will show the correct antibiotic. Flank pain is common even on proper therapy, but worsening pain & fever requires re-evaluation with physical exam & possibly imaging as your current regimen may be inadequate. See your physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I'm having weekly injections of gentamicin for kidney infection, but still can't get rid of it?

Pyelonephritis: If you are only taking gentamicin once a week you probably have significant impairment of renal function, in which case this is a very complex issue and may require input from an infectious diseases expert who can see and examine you and has access to your records. Good luck ...Read more

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Last thursday they diagnosed a kidney infection. Started antibiotics on thursday but still feel constant but mild pain 4 days later, shall i go back?

Last thursday they diagnosed a kidney infection. Started antibiotics on thursday but still feel constant but mild pain 4 days later, shall i go back?

Renal Calculus?: You are being treated for pyelonephritis. Is there a possibility of a renal calculus (kidney stone)? Where is the pain occurring? An abdominal sonogram (a noninvasive test) could rule out kidney stone. This should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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)

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