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How long if kidney infection is left untreated until it will become life threatening?

How long if kidney infection is left untreated until it will become life threatening?

Bad idea: If you really have a kidney infection it needs treatment, do not wait, see a doctor, it can lead to loss of kidney function. ...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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How quickly can you develop blood poisoning from a kidney infection if left untreated?

How quickly can you develop blood poisoning from a kidney infection if left untreated?

Urosepsis: Yes you can. It's called urosepsis. It's an infection that starts in the bladder or kidneys and the bacteria then spread to the bloodstream. The general term for infection in the blood is sepsis. It must be treated with antibiotics. You can get scar tissue in the kidney as well. ...Read more

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Can a bad kidney infection, if left untreated, cause headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation?

Can a bad kidney infection, if left untreated, cause headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation?

KIDNEY INFECTION: It would likely cause severe one sided back pain, fever and vomiting that would be noticed more than those symptoms mentioned. ...Read more

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How long will it take for kidney infection to become life threatening if left untreated?

How long will it take for kidney infection to become life threatening if left untreated?

Depends: That would depend on the severity of the infection, and possibly on microbe responsible for causing it. ...Read more

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Right Kidney Infection. If untreated, what would happen? And in how long? Can infection spread? Can it spread to left kidney?

Right Kidney Infection. If untreated, what would happen? And in how long? Can infection spread? Can it spread to left kidney?

Yes and depends.: Kidney infection can get worse and spread to the blood stream when it is called sepsis and can be very serious and can be life threatening. How long it takes can't be accurately predicted. In some people it can progress very quickly even within 24 hours, others it might take a little bit longer. If you have high fevers and feel you are getting worse you need to be seen ASAP. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection in my left kidney, but the pain is on my right side. Why is that?

Hard to know: Although your right side may also be infected. This depends on the manner in which you developed kidney infection. Also a significant number of patients with pyelonephritis have enlargement of the spleen. This is on the right side and may be creating the pain to which you are referring. Hope you are better soon. ...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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What can happen to an untreated kidney infection?

See doctor now: Untreated urinary and/or kidney infection can progress to sepsis and acute kidney failure amongst other complications. Sepsis can be fatal. Recommend seeking medical attention immediately and get treated before worsening requiring hospitalization and IV antibiotics ...Read more

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How much time can a kidney infection go on untreated?

Get treated asap: You should not let an infection in your urine go untreated as it may worsen to a life threatening infection. If the infection is already in your kidney you should seek treatment immedidately. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a kidney infection go untreated before it gets bad?

For what length of time can a kidney infection go untreated before it gets bad?

Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. If you have these symptoms it is important to see a doctor and have your urine tested. Untreated pyelonephritis can result in permanent kidney damage, blood infection or shock. ...Read more

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Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Heart related: Possibly. Your appendix is on your right side. This could be related to bronchitis or a heart condition. I would seek a general doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left back and smear blood when I wipe, think its kidney infection, no healthcare, what could I take?

Pain in lower left back and smear blood when I wipe, think its kidney infection, no healthcare, what could I take?

Hemorrhoids: Could be hemorrhoids. Please have someone look. Or you can use mirror. You need to go to a local free clinic for evaluation.

Not kidney infection. ...Read more

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Do u think I could have a kidney infection because on the left side of my back hurts sometimes an burn?

I don't think so.: In kidney infection, you'll also have high fever and chills along with back pain which will be persistent. Your pain seems to be of musculo-skeletal origin which usually goes away with rest and pain medicines. ...Read more

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I believe I had a untreated kidney infection a few years ago, recent doc visit showed nothing. What do you suggest?

Both may be right: You may very well have had a kidney infection years ago, and treated or not, many of them are self limiting and cause no long term damage, whereas others might do so. If there is no current evidence for an infection, I suggest you not worry about it, and return for an evaluation if you have recurrent symptoms. ...Read more

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Severe pain left kidney about 3 months ago now just last week kidney infection?

Severe pain left kidney about 3 months ago now just last week kidney infection?

May be related: Kidney stones can block the flow of urine from your kidneys to your bladder. When this happens, the urine that backs up is more likely to become infected. This may have been the cause of your bladder infection but the two events may be unrelated. Please mention this to your doctor. Based on the rest of your exam, the left kidney may need to be evaluated to make sure that it is working properly. ...Read more

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Can someone have a kidney infection from untreated UTI and not know it until they just drop dead?

Can someone have a kidney infection from untreated UTI and not know it until they just drop dead?

Anything is possible: Untreated uti's can turn into "pylonephritis" and that could lead to dehydration and sepsis. Sepsis could lead to multi-organ shut down, heart failure and ultimately death. We see this happen in the nursing home when residents are neglected or don't complain for weeks, until they get a fever or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Was told I had a bladder infection today. 12 hours later I now have a tight pain on my back, left side half way up. Kidney infection?

Was told I had a bladder infection today. 12 hours later I now have a tight pain on my back, left side half way up. Kidney infection?

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. ...Read more

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I am on 5 days cipro (ciprofloxacin) for suspected kidney infection. Only have 1 more pill left but got a single hive this morning. Should I take last dose?

I am on 5 days cipro (ciprofloxacin) for suspected kidney infection. Only have 1 more pill left but got a single hive this morning. Should I take last dose?

Allergy to Cipro (ciprofloxacin): If you have a hive that you suspect is from Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) I would stop. Notify the doctor so they can chart it in your records. 4.5 days is more than adequate in treating Urinary Tract Infections. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left side of my back. I havnt got a kidney infection as been tested but I have big breast could that be the cause of the pain?

I have pain in my left side of my back. I havnt got a kidney infection as been tested but I have big breast could that be the cause of the pain?

Yes: Unilateral pain upper back in twenties female with large breasts might reflect chronic rhomboid major muscle spasm. Each breast can weigh 6 pounds. I have found many large breasted women have anterior tilt to their shoulders, which can stress the rhomboids. Increased tone (yoga) of upper back muscles is advised; along with more of a military posture of the shoulders. ...Read more

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Should I consult my dr. For possible kidney problem? Over the past couple of months I have had pain in my lower back on the left side. Combined with problems urinating, I thought I had a kidney infection in january. I went to the dr. And after a urine tes

Should I consult my dr. For possible kidney problem? Over the past couple of months I have had pain in my lower back on the left side. Combined with problems urinating, I thought I had a kidney infection in january. I went to the dr. And after a urine tes

Hello.: Hello. It sounds like you were treated a couple of months ago without a positive response. Your symptoms have actually worsened. Yes, I recommend that you contact your doctor back. You play an important role in your health. You are the feedback loop that lets your doctor know if the treatment provided did the trick or not. If a problem does not resolve with garden variety treatment, then sometimes that means that the doctor will now explore the reasons why. I hope you can get relief soon. Take care. ...Read more

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If I had a kidney infection from untreated UTI and my kidneys started to fail, what would a dipstick urinalysis show?

If I had a kidney infection from untreated UTI and my kidneys started to fail, what would a dipstick urinalysis show?

A lot of things: 1-red blood cells.
2- albumin
3-acid ph = 4.5-5.5 or
alkaline ph = 6.5-8
4- nitrites, presence indicates bacterial
5-wbcells
6-specific gravity higher than usual concentrated urine = sg > 1.020
7-color, rancid or ammonia odor ...Read more

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I have left kidney pain. Took test for a UTI came back positive for luekisites? Doctor said I don't have a uti, could it be a kidney infection?

Nephrolithiasis?: Leukocytes (white blood cells) in the urine can occur with numerous conditions, including infection. Not sure how your doctor excluded infection, but it may be there. You might have kidney stones, some other form of obstructive uropathy. Go and see a urologist and be evaluated appropriately. Good luck ...Read more

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I just had kidney infection an the pain was on left side of my stomach well now I have itching anlittle red bumps on the left side of stomach pixinfil

I just had kidney infection an the pain was on left side of my stomach well now I have itching anlittle red bumps on the left side of stomach pixinfil

Likely shingles: The pain on the left side if the stomach may actually represent the start of a shingles outbreak- the red itchy bumps you describe. The shingles. Rash occurs only on one side of the bidy, and follows the sensory nerve route that covers a specific area of skin called the dermatome. See yourdoctir immediately so he can prescribe you sobe antiviral medicatiobn. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing sharp pain (left side) back pain. Fever&vomiting. Its been three days&it just gets worse. What is this im feeling? Kidney infection

Definitely possible: It sounds like an infection that is either climbing or made its way to your kidney, called pyelonephritis. This can often occur from an untreated, sometimes subclinical urinary tract infection. This can be dangerous and I would recommend seeing a physician as soon as possible as left untreated it can cause kidney damage or systemic infection leading to even more serious problems. Please see someon. ...Read more

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Hi, diagnosed with kidney infection (pus in urine) was given Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg but still having some pain on left flank. Do I need another round of medicin?

Hi, diagnosed with kidney infection (pus in urine) was given Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg but still having some pain on left flank. Do I need another round of medicin?

R/O KIDNEY STONE: UTI with Flank pain with those symptoms is concerning for kidney stone or kidney infection. You need a full exam labs urine C&S. 24 urine for stone analysis kidney ultrasound or CT. And usually empiric antibiotic therapy pending the results. Make sure to strain your urine and try to capture any debris, it may be a kidney stone. Push fluids water/cranberry juice. Also Urology Dr of SX worsen. ...Read more

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I have itchy, frequent urinate. Negative uti, waiting for result for yeast infection. I feel occasional pain on left low back. Is it kidney infection?

I have itchy, frequent urinate. Negative uti, waiting for result for yeast infection. I feel occasional pain on left low back. Is it kidney infection?

No: You had negative ua I'm presuming by your negative UTI statement, essentially ruling out a kidney infection as kidney infections commonly ascend from the bladder. ...Read more

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I have pain under the left rib cage and it goes into my back. At times its feels gripping pain. Does anyone know what this could I had a kidney infection, ecoli, and was sepsis in july. I was treated and released from hosptial for days later. I now have t

Any number of things: This kind of pain could be caused by any number of things. With your history, you need to be examined by a doctor who can figure out whether it is something that will go away or something like an infection of the kidney or of the area under the diaphragm that needs treatment. ...Read more

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Hi since september I have been off work with this illness. I have had repeated kidney infections reoccuring now as often as every 2weeks. I have a constant pain in my left side which I take daily tramadol for. I have had ultrasound and CT scans but they show

Urologist: If you have not already done so, it's time to see a urologist. In addition, all possible "UTIs "need to be documented with urine culture. Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) is a serious problem which can damage the kidney or lead to sepsis. You need to know for certain if your kidney is repeatedly becoming infected and if so the mechanism needs to be determined and addressed. ...Read more

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I have continued left sided upper back pain six weeks after a kidney infection wcc raised but urine clear and CT normal is this normal?

I have continued left sided upper back pain six weeks after a kidney infection wcc raised but urine clear and CT normal is this normal?

Other reasons: Your physician should examine you and rule out other causes of back pain: strain, arthritis, shingles, herniated disk among many others. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? I have all UTI symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.

Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? I have all UTI symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.

One idea: If you have a fever and marked tenderness over the kidney, there's an off-chance that you have a staphylococcal kidney abscess. A second idea is a stone. Your physician knows how to follow up on these and other possibilities. ...Read more

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I've been on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 3 days for left kidney infection I'm still having a lot of left flank pain especially to touch, was told I passed a stone also?

Maybe, and may not..: Analyzing the onset, degree, duration, and interval of flank pain plus physicals with or without imaging study can almost always confidently deduce a DX of stone/colic, uti, or mucsle pain, although flank pain has been oftentimes manged with antibiotics by some. If really for kidney infection, the duration of antibiotics would be 2 weeks at least; for bladder, 3 days. Detail? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection that won't go away been on meds. Bad left flank pain swollen lymph nobs n now my eyes r bloodshot. And I m always tired. Why?

I have a kidney infection that won't go away been on meds. Bad left flank pain swollen lymph nobs n now my eyes r bloodshot. And I m always tired. Why?

Bloodshot eyes: There are diseases which can cause kidney issues and eye inflammation. I would recommend seeing an eye doctor to rule out a serious eye problem. Patients with kidney diseases can have low blood numbers which can results in fatigue. I would recommend close followup with a kedney doctor as well. ...Read more

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I have left side mid/upper back pain and llq pain w/ difficulty urinating. My urine is cloudy/smelly. No fever do I have a kidney infection?

I have left side mid/upper back pain and llq pain w/ difficulty urinating. My urine is cloudy/smelly. No fever do I have a kidney infection?

Cannot diagnose: See a doctor and get evaluated. This is not an internet issue. Face to face consultation following a detailed history, physical exam and some labs will be valuable. Hope you do not have this. ...Read more

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Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

See below: By kidney hurting, I assume you mean flank pain. Yes, it could easily be either of those. Would get checked out, starting with a urinalysis. ...Read more

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Constant flank pain on left side. Hurts to sit and lean on back. Possibilities other than kidney infection?

L loin pain: Brooke T ~ kidney stones, UTI, ectopic pregnancy, kidney tumors (angiomyolipomata), intra renal stones, obstruction of the kidney hydronephrosis, abscess formation, pregnancy, other renal tumors, renal infarction, blunt and penetrating trauma, severe ptosis of kidney, extra renal compression, retro-peritoneal fibrosis, pancreatitis bowel obstruction ~ see a doctor...!
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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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. Adrian Baudy IV
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Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis) (Definition)

Inflammation of the kidney due to a bacterial infection. ...Read more