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How would you know you have a kidney infection?

How would you know you have a kidney infection?

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

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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Can you have a kidney infection and have no pain?

Can you have a kidney infection and have no pain?

Yes: Most true acute kidney infections (aka pyelonephritis), which is a UTI that has reached the kidney, are associated with having fever, chills, pain, and feeling ill. That said, there are certain types of kidney infections, especially chronic ones, that are not associated with any symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a kidney infection ?

How can you tell if you have a kidney infection ?

Pyelonephritis: This disease often manifests with back pain, high fevers, chills, generalized malaise and sepsis. You can conceivably have chronic kidney infection without the classic symptoms, as with tuberculosis, etc., but this is not something you diagnose by yourself. See a good clinician if you think you may have a uti, get evaluated, diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What should you not eat if you have a kidney infection?

What should you not eat if you have a kidney infection?

Nothing: You can eat what ever you like when you have a kidney infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you have a kidney infection?

Could you tell me what happens when you have a kidney infection?

Hurts to pee: Go to urinate often, hurts to urinate, fever , chills, nausea, vomiting, change in urine color and smell.......... Can make u septic if not treated promptly and adequately. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a kidney infection?What are some symptoms?

How can you tell if you have a kidney infection?What are some symptoms?

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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How can you tell you have a kidney infection? I think i may have one. What are the signs/symptoms?

Frequency, fever: Frequency, fever, chill, pain, change in urine color, smell.......At the beginning. Flank pain, nausea, weakness, hematuria, pus in urine, not able to pass urine....... ...Read more

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What does it mean if your urine is clear when you have a kidney infection?

What does it mean if your urine is clear when you have a kidney infection?

Maybe....: Maybe you don't actually have an infection after all? If you have pain in your side, burning urination and/or frequency, or blood in the urine, but your urine tests are "clear" (negative), you may not have an infection, but another problem, such as a stone. You may require further testing, such as imaging studies, to pin down your problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have a pain in your shoulder blades when you have a kidney infection?

Is it possible for you to have a pain in your shoulder blades when you have a kidney infection?

Unlikely: Nerves do span great distances, so referred pain can happen. Pain in the shoulder blades can be referred pain from irritated nerves. Nerves from the diaphragm can cause pain around the shoulder blades. The kidneys are not far, but not that close to the diaphragm. If the inflammation is large and there is kidney swelling as well, it could be possible, but unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bloat when you have a kidney infection?

Is it normal to bloat when you have a kidney infection?

Not really : Weigh yourself daily to see if there are any rapid changes in weight and contact your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your dipstick test showed positive for blood even tho you have a kidney infection and in pain?

See details: This finding is often seen when there is a urinary infection. It will resolve with antibiotic treatment of the infection. ...Read more

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I have found out that I have a kidney & bladder infection. How long can you have a kidney infection without knowing?

I have found out that I have a kidney & bladder infection. How long can you have a kidney infection without knowing?

Here are some ...: How were you told to have kidney/ladder infection? By symptoms + urinalysis or by urinalysis alone without symptoms? If by the former one, did you have fever + backache on one side? If no, you probably just have common UTI in bladder. If by the latter one, you need to repeat urinalysis with a properly collected urine specimen with no contamination before stating you got UTI. More? Ask Doc timely.. ...Read more

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If you have a kidney infection, does that automatically mean you have a bladder Infection also? I know you can have bladder infection without pyleonep

If you have a kidney infection, does that automatically mean you have a bladder Infection also? I know you can have bladder infection without pyleonep

Not necessarily: Infection in the kidney need not be associated with urinary bladder infection or cystitis, even the bugs in urine are traveling through the bladder. However the question is moot since infection of the kidney is a more serious issue and treatment of that would take care of bladder infection, in any. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you have a kidney infection without obvious signs of a UTI or fever?

Can you have a kidney infection without obvious signs of a UTI or fever?

Yes and No: Uti is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract and is verified by a positive culture. Most utis involve only the bladder/urethra (aka cystitis: urgency, frequency, burning). A more severe infection results when a UTI progresses to involve the kidneys/ureters (aka pyelonephritis: fever, chills, n/v, back pain, sick). Pyelo may or may not be associated with or preceded by cystitis symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have a kidney infection without having a urinary tract infection?

Certainly : An infected kidney, such as from a backed up stone, perinephric abscess, and infected cyst can cause a kindney infection without symptoms of uti. The actual urinalysis may also be completely normal. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a kidney infection or a urinary tract infection ?

UTI: Kidney infections are more serious and cause fever, chills, flank pain and cloudy urine classically. Bladder infections usually cause urinary frequency and burning and at times there can be blood in the urine. Cultures are done to document infection and identify the offending organism. ...Read more

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Is there always a fever when you have a kidney infection. And can the infection make you feelin unusually weak with zero energy ?

Is there always a fever when you have a kidney infection. And can the infection make you feelin unusually  weak with zero energy ?

No and yes: Urinary tract infections typically present with increased urination, discomfort with urination and abdominal pressure. Other symptoms can be flu - like symptoms/fatigue. If the infection ascends up the urinary tract, kidneys can become infected and cause high fever and serious illness. So in summary there can be a spectrum of disease, fever is not always present. ...Read more

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Can you have a kidney infection without painful urination?

Can you have a kidney infection without painful urination?

Yes: Yes you can, especially in the beginning or a milder infection. Other symptoms that point to infection are going to the bathroom more often, urgent urination and fever/chills.The pain, if it does occur is usually a burning sensation.The urine can also appear cloudy and have a foul odor to it.If you have the other symptoms besides pain, you should see your doc to get a urinalysis. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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