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Viral Kidney Infection Symptoms
What are the symptoms of a kidney infection? What can happen if not treated? I think I might have something like that.
Several: One could experience painful urination, frequency, blood in the urine, back pain, feverish, a possible odor to the urine, the feeling of urgency, etc. If the infection was not treated, then it could progress to a more serious infection such as urosepsis, and/or hydronephrosis, etc. Get evaluated and treated best wishes. ...Read more
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
I don't want to go to the doctors unless I'm absolutely sure. What are some definite symptoms of kidney infections please?
Should I go to the emergency room if I think I have a kidney infection and am hurting really badly or can I wait and see my dr. I first noticed the symptoms last weekend and it has progressively been getting worse all week
How can you tell you have a kidney infection? I think I may have one. What are the signs/symptoms?
I had a severe kidney infection 2 weeks ago finished all my meds and now symptoms are back and so is the pain. Could I have another kidney infection?
Yes it could be: You need to notify your doctor who treated your last infection. He may have to run another urine test. Repeat infections require Urine culture. Sometimes there is an obstructive problem in the urinary tract which requires more tests like CT scan of the abdomen and Pelvis to find the cause.. ...Read more
Found out that I have a possible kidney infection, was told if my symptoms got worse to go to the er.?
RU on antibiotics: You should be on appropriate antibiotic therapy. Hope urine culture was taken & you were started on a broad spectrum antibiotic which achieve good tissue levels, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or bactrim, whilst culture is growing. Yes you should go to er if symptoms of fever or flank pain worsen or you start vomiting. Will also need a work up if you do in fact have a kidney infection. Will then need IV antibiotic. ...Read more
I keep getting bladder infections that turn into kidney infections by the time I notice any symptoms. Is this something I should be worried about?
Yes: You need to find out the cause and try to fix it before these infections cause major damage. ...Read more
I am having pain on my right side and mid/lower back when I lay down. I previously had a kidney infection in nov. Could this be one? No other symptoms
Yes you can: Yes you can have asyptomatic kidney infection. ...Read more
Pain and fever: A true kidney infection, termed pyelonephritis, usually causes very obvious symptoms. One will often experience pain in the flank region (where the kidneys are) and will also have a very high fever which often comes in waves. A urinalysis and urine culture will confirm the presence of an infection. This type of infection may require intravenous antibiotics followed by 2-3 weeks oral antibiotics ...Read more
No: A host of sweet-talking, convincing, unscrupulous practitioners offer a great variety of "dexofication" treatments to people worried about their health. Dr. Weeks is absolutely right -- if you have these symptoms, get right to a reality-based physician. If an "alternative practitioner" urged you to neglect a real kidney infection, call your district attorney. ...Read more
The same: Most likely you have both kidney infected because the sources of the infection is the blood? ...Read more
Kidney infection: Pyelonephritis. An inflammatory response of kidney due to a bacterial infection. Most common route 4 bacteria to gain access to kidney is via urinary tract. Bacteria enter via urethra ; then travel up ureters from bladder to kidney. Less commonly via blood stream from skin or gum infection. Symptoms: flank or abdominal pain, fever, chills, blood in urine, burning on urination, lower ribs tender. ...Read more
I've had a pain in my low back under my rib cage for 2 days. It almost feels like a kidney infection pain, that's my only symptom. It is kidneys?
Back pain: It may be muscular and may be something internal, better get it checked if it is bothering you and is persistent. ...Read more
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
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
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
Germs get to kidney: Kidney infections are almost always result of lower urinary tract infection. Bacteria reach bladder, very easy in females & then they travel from bladder up ureters to kidney. Either 2ndary to bladder reflux or bacteria can crawl thru uretererl valve in bladder on their "hair" like a caterpillar. Occasional infections are blood born from an abscess or infected teeth. Swelling causes the pain. ...Read more
Multiple: Fever, chills, back or flank pain, rapid pulse and respirations, sometimes burning on urination, may have blood in urine or cloudy urine like pus. If you think you have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) you should be seen by a doctor asap. This can be very severe and potentially life-threatening. ...Read more
Fever with back pain: I look for fever - sometimes high fever - along with one sided back pain above the belt line. The urinalysis will show white cells and bacteria. Many people with kidney infections "look ill." an important variation, however, is kidney infection or even bladder infection in older people. They may have fewer or less obvious symptoms - or even mental status changes - and get quite sick. Get evaluated. ...Read more
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