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When a kidney infection goes septic what does it mean?

When a kidney infection goes septic what does it mean?

Kidney infection: If the infection in the kidney is not well treated, then it is likely that infection can spread via blood stream, to other regions of the body. ...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 is a kidney infection?

What is a kidney infection?

Microbe in kidney: Microorganisms can gain access to the kidneys from the blood stream or ascend from the lower urinary tract (bladder). Infections can be caused by a bacteria, virus, fungal, parasite or other invader that can multiple in the organ. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney infection?

Symptoms of kidney infection?

UTI symptoms: Depending on what part of the urinary tract is infected, symptoms can range from:
urethra (urethritis): burning w/urination ; local irritation; blood in urine, strong urine odor
bladder (cyctitis): lower abdominal pain ; above
kidney (pyelonephritis): flank/back pain, fever, chills, ; all of the above
sepsis: bacteria migrated to the bloodstream;
all of the above + low bp, rapid heart rate, ill. ...Read more

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Why do kidney infections occur?

Why do kidney infections occur?

Via urine or blood: Kidney infections are most commonly due to bacteria entering the bladder and work their way up to the kidney. In children commonly due to faulty bladder valves permitting urine to back up to kidney. Many bacteria have hair-like tenticles allowing them to crawl thru bladder valve + up to kidney where they multiply. Less often bacteria can reach kidney via blood stream from skin infection or abscess. ...Read more

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What to do for a kidney infection?

What to do for a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: Pyelonephritis is treated with antibiotics. Either oral or intravenous, depending on the severity. Must be treated under a doctors supervision. ...Read more

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What is causing kidney infections?

What is causing kidney infections?

Many possible causes: Infections start in bladder & ascend due to urinary reflux or bacteria able to pass thru bladder valve. Could be due to bladder full & not urinating after sex, bubble-bath +/or tub baths rather than showers, thongs +/or non-cotton underwear, not wiping front to back or keeping thighs together + trapping urine in vagina with voiding, chronic constipation, menopause. ...Read more

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What is good for a kidney infection?

What is good for a kidney infection?

Kidney Infection: Kidney infections characterized by fever and flank pain require antibiotic treatment. If severe, hospitalization can be necessary. A urine culture is often needed to help choose the correct antibiotic.
Other urinary tract infection such as bladder infections or cystitis cause burning with urination, frequent urination and sometimes blood in the urine. Antibiotics are also needed. ...Read more

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I keep getting kidney infections why?

I keep getting kidney infections why?

? Sex, ? hygiene: Kidney infections r caused by bacteria ascending from bladder. Could be: u don't urinate after sex and go to sleep with a full bladder, use bubble-bath or take tub baths rather than shower, wipe wrong way, don't spread your thighs when urinating + thus trapping urine behind labia, withhold urge to void, wear thongs or non-cotton underwear, are constipated. Any of above could make you prone tro ut. ...Read more

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Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Could a kidney infection be dangerous?

Absolutely: It can spread from the kidney to other organs. It may even start sepsis and become life threatening. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What does a kidney infection feel like?

What does a kidney infection feel like?

Pyelonephritis: Symptoms of pyelonephritis can include fever, painful urination, the sensation of an urgent need to urinate, blood in urine, nausea, vomiting, flank pain and sometimes groin pain. Please obtain prompt medical care if you think you have a kidney infection. ...Read more

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What causes frequent kidney infections?

What causes frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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How to know if I have kidney infection?

How to know if I have kidney infection?

Symptoms or see a md: Symptoms of UTI are burning and increased frequency as well as lower abdominal pain. If you start to have fever or back pain the infection may be spreading to your kidney. You should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kidney infection?

Urinalysis/culture: A urine dipstick test shows if you have nitrites in your urine, as well as other markers such as blood, white cells, and protein. The human body does not naturally excrete nitrites in the urine, so if the test shows the, the only cause is bacteria, which indicative of a kidney infection.

Your doctor them may send the urine for culture to determine exactly what bacteria is causing the infection. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a kidney infection?

What are symptoms of a kidney infection?

Can be subtle: The classic back pain with marked tenderness when struck, fever, perhaps chills, discomfort in the bladder and on urinating (the bladder's generally infected and in turn affected the kidney). A physician can often tell from casts in the urine that the kidney is infected, and a kidney infection may require stronger treatment. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infections in a child?

What causes kidney infections in a child?

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. In children it should raise the possibility of an abnormality of the urinary system. Congenital obstruction or urinary reflux are the most common causes. Surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a kidney infection?

How to tell if I have a kidney infection?

Burning on urination: Burning on urination is a symptom of a urinary tract infection. You need to have a urinalysis done to see if you have a kidney infection and a urine culture will determine the exact organism. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a kidney infection?

How to know if I have a kidney infection?

Symptoms or see md: Symptoms of UTI are burning, urinating more often and lower abdominal pain. If the pain spreads to your back or your have fever you may have a kidney infection. You should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

Pain, fever, nausea: Infection in kidney often cause flank-pain, fever, nausea/vomitting, and possibly increase in urination, burning, blood in urine etc. Elderly patients may not get fever, and more likely get confusion, lethargy, anorexia etc...So, if you are having any of these symptms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

What are the symptoms of 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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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