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Difference in urinary tract, kidney, and bladder infections? Or symptoms? How long does it take to get urine test results? Treatment for 2 year old?

Difference in urinary tract, kidney,  and bladder infections? Or symptoms?  How long does it take to get urine test results? Treatment for 2 year old?

UTi: There is usually no difference between bladder and kidney infection other than fever. Kidney infection tend to have fevers. Other symptoms of kidney infection is vomiting, back pain, more sick-looking. Bladder infections tend to have frequency, pain on voiding and urgency. Results of urinalysis is usually available immediately at the pediatrician's office. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Can you have a kidney or bladder infection without symptoms?

Can you have a kidney or bladder infection without symptoms?

Yes: It is common to have an asymptomatic bladder infection in elderly patients. Kidney infections are more severe and almost always cause some symptoms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infections are the same as symptoms of bladder infections?

Symptoms of kidney infections are the same as symptoms of bladder infections?

While both can: Cause malodorous urine, kidney infections are more serious: pain in side or back, very high fever, chills, and sepsis. Bladder symptoms are frequency, urgency, burning. The latter, if neglected or treated wrongly, can lead to an upper trcat infection. ...Read more

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Im23 &always get silent bladder infections Can a silent bladder infect. Cause a silent kidney infection?Can it delay period &cause pregnancy symptoms?

Im23 &always get silent bladder infections Can a silent bladder infect. Cause a silent kidney infection?Can it delay period &cause pregnancy symptoms?

Silent UTIs: Yes, silent UTIs and bladder infections can lead to kidney infections (pyelonephritis) if left untreated. Typically, kidney infections are not "silent". they typically cause generalized symptoms (fever, aches) as well as pain at the kidney (lower r or l back). It is essential to get this these treated as they can lead to loss of kidney fcn. Infxn will not delay menses. See your doc for preg test. ...Read more

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I had a lot of bladder infections. Should I worry about getting a kidney infection?

I had a lot of bladder infections. Should I worry about getting a kidney infection?

Yes: Bladder infections in pregnancy are more likely to progress to kidney infections than normal. Kidney infections may also cause preterm delivery, pneumonia or bacteria in the bloodstream. If you have a bladder infection and develop fever, pain going into your back or symptoms like the flu, you need to let your doctor know immediately. ...Read more

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What's the recommended way to overcome recurring kidney or bladder infections?

What's the recommended way to overcome recurring kidney or bladder infections?

Consult a urologist: Problem should be worked up. Need to rule out an anatomic problem. Cranberry juice or tabs. Reduce bacterial adherence to bladder wall. Basic preventatives: urinate after sex, treat or avoid constipation, wear cotton underwear & no thongs, keep well hydrated & avoid delaying urination., separate thighs widely with urination & consult a dr. ...Read more

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Can Macrobid work for kidney infection? That's what I'm prescribed but I was told it's usually only prescribed for bladder infections. Thanks!

Can Macrobid work for kidney infection? That's what I'm prescribed but I was told it's usually only prescribed for bladder infections. Thanks!

It might be semantic: Macrobid is nitrofurantoin, an older antibiotic which is quite effective in uncomplicated urinary tract infections (of the bladder). You are correct that it should not be used for pyelonephritis, a true infection of the kidney. But "kidney infection" is used loosely, and often any UTI is called a kidney infection. If you do have pyelonephritis, other antibiotics should be prescribed. ...Read more

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I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice and tablets have been recommended for uti's. It may or may not help. It is not recommended for kidney stones. For those two conditions the important thing is to maintain hydration, increase your water intake to keep your urine clear color. How much you drink depends on your size and metabolism. Empty your bladder frequently specially after intercourse, avoid vaginal infections. ...Read more

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I would like to ask you from a medical standpoint some of the reasons why cystitis or bladder infections/inability to urinate or urinary retention continue to occur in a 33 year old female. my kidneys have been checked and my bowel quite completely. Yet,

I would like to ask you from a medical standpoint some of the reasons why cystitis or bladder infections/inability to urinate or urinary retention continue to occur in a 33 year old female. my kidneys have been checked and my bowel quite completely. Yet,

There is a : Condition called interstitial cystitis where u have inflammation of the bladder wall and symptoms present just like a chronic UTI. Urine retention and urinary tract infections can also be caused by abnormal pathology of the urethra or ureter at the point of entering the bladder (ureterovesicular junction or UVJ) which will promote UTIs. U need a cystoscopy from a Urologist to diagnose and treat. ...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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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