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What is the best medication for UTI complicated by pyelonephritis?

What is the best medication for UTI complicated by pyelonephritis?

By sensitivities: Urine should have had a culture with bacterial sensitivities by micrbiology done, sensitivity testing should indicate choice of a few suitable antibiotics. Nitrofurantoin should not be used, although effective at sterilizing urine does not achieve any tissue levels and thus isn't effective in treating pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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I have a UTI turning into a kidney infection. Also believe I have swollen lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm on medication but still feel bad. Normal?

I have a UTI turning into a kidney infection. Also believe I have swollen lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm on medication but still feel bad. Normal?

No infx is normal.: U need to complete the entire course of antibiotics (2 wks?), no matter what, b/c any infection is not normal. A UTI can spread up the ureters to the kidney, causing pyelonephritis, which is serious b/c the kidneys r very vascular & the infx can get into the bloodstream. Not sure about the lymph node behind the ear; it may be from prior infection & flared up w/ ur immune system now in overdrive.GL ...Read more

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What are the differences between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

What are the differences between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

AllUrinaryTract/Uppe: UTI is the term used for infection in any part of Urinary Tract from Urethra to urinary bladder to kidneys and covers the whole tract Pyaponephritis is also infection in the upper urinary tract,that is the Kidneys abd the Ureters and is usually more severe infection than the lower UTIs like Cystitis and urethritis.So Pelonephritis is also a UTI ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

Uti: acute pyelonephritis is an infection involving the kidney. A "urinary tract infection" is any infection involving the urinary tract. in effect, pyelonephritis is a type of UTI. ...Read more

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Can i develop pyelonephritis & chronic UTI from postpolypectomy/peritonitis post-colonoscopy?

Can i develop pyelonephritis & chronic UTI from postpolypectomy/peritonitis post-colonoscopy?

Complicated: If the intra-abdominal infection involved the kidney in some fashion then pyelonephritis could conceivably occur, but this should be treatable. With this process the presence of a foley catheter during your management can predispose to uti, as can bacteremias which occur during the infectious process. None of these would necessarily create chronic uti, but anything is possible. ...Read more

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Pyelonephritis vs. Menstrual Cycle. I was having symptoms of a UTI but my period has begun. Should I get tested?

Pyelonephritis vs. Menstrual Cycle. I was having symptoms of a UTI but my period has begun. Should I get tested?

Get a urinalysis : It would be nice to know your symptoms in more detail. Pyelonephritis is associated with flank (back) pain, urinary frequency/urgency/pain, and possible fever. If your symptoms are similar to these, get a urinalysis. If your period has begun, do your very best to give a good clean catch of urine. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Drinking alkaline water help in controlling diabetes, retinopathy, pyelonephritis, UTI and calcification of arteries, is this true?

Drinking alkaline water help in controlling diabetes, retinopathy, pyelonephritis, UTI and calcification of arteries, is this true?

Alkaline water.: If you are the patient with those problems, you have serious issues. You need to see a physician(s) to deal with them to offer you treatment strategies other than alkaline water, which is not the preferred therapy for any one of the conditions you mentioned in your question. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I have a kidney infection without a uti?

Could I have a kidney infection without a uti?

In most cases, no: A UTI usually involves the bladder or urethra but if the infection travels up to the kidneys, it can cause an infection there.This is the common pathway.However, there are cases where an infection may initiate in the kidney itself due to a kidney stone which blocks the ureter.Other ways are via infections near the kidney, bacteremia, anatomical variants and kidney cysts.Always best to see your doc! ...Read more

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What is the risk of a UTI progressing to a kidney infection?

What is the risk of a UTI progressing to a kidney infection?

UTI: A UTI is a urinary tract infection. The urinary tract begins in the kidney, with release into the renal pelvis, down the ureters, into the bladder, and then then through the urethra and then the outside world. This is a connected system, and so infection can certainly involve the kidney. So, get the UTI treated to prevent pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Get evaluated. : Kidney infections, are by definition, urinary tract infections. They usually start as infections of the bladder & ascend to the kidneys. If you are having repeated infections of the kidney, you need a workup to determine if there are underlying conditions such as stones, kidney failure, diabetes, or foreign bodies contributing to this. Repeated infections can lead to loss of kidney function. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a UTI or kidney infection?

What are the signs of a UTI or kidney infection?

Tons of signs/ None: Signs of UTI are burning in urine, frequent urination, voiding small amounts of urine, unusual odor of urine, fever, back pain, lower abdominal cramps and blood in the urine. Kidney infection can also cause pain in the upper back, headaches and nausea and vomiting ...Read more

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How would i know if my UTI turned into a kidney infection?

How would i know if my UTI turned into a kidney infection?

More ill: Uti is infection anywhere in the urinary tract, from kidney to urethra. Burning and frequency are common in bladder infection, where fever and feeling sick and bloody changes are more suggestive of kidney infection. ...Read more

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Can a UTI test strip detect a kidney infection?

Can a UTI test strip detect a kidney infection?

See below.: A urine dip stick can detect a urinary tract infection but it cannot differentiate between a bladder or a kidney infection. Bladder infection or cystitis is characterized by burning on urination, urinary urgency and frequency. Kidney infection or pyelonephritis has the same symptoms plus flank pain and often fever and chills. ...Read more

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Uti or kidney infection, how can I tell the difference?

Difference of UTI: A kidney infection, pyelonephritis (p) is more sever than a uti. A p has a fever, pain in the back, and can lead to serious complications such as sepsis, if untreated. A UTI normally does not have a fever and presents with some pain on urination and increased frequency. Both a p and UTI are treated with antibioitcs adn the prognosis is good for recovery. ...Read more

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How do you know when a UTI has become a kidney infection?

How do you know when a UTI has become a kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: This is characterized generally by high fever, chills, nausea, flank, groin and pelvic pain, increased frequency and urgency of urination, and qualitative and quantitative changes in urine (malodor, pus, blood, cloudiness). If you have any of these you should see a doctor immediately since this can be a life-threatening illness. Good luck ...Read more

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How long does it take a UTI to turn into a kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: Without reflux (urine backing up into the kidney(s), the common UTI should not progress to a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). ...Read more

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How can I know if this is another UTI or a kidney infection?

Here are some...: An analysis of detailed history + findings of timely physical exam + testing like CT scan as needed can tell if having lower UTI, that is, bladder/urethra or having upper UTI, that is, kidneys/ureters. To help sort the related things out correctly, go to articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onUTI.html. More? Ask your doc or contact me at www.healthtap.com with RQPWJC to log in for appt... ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more