Top
40
Doctor insights on: Why Do Kidney Infections Occur

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer

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


2

2
Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Why do kidney infections cause people to become confused?

Encephalopathy: I think what you are asking about is uremic encephalopathy which develops as patients begin to experience renal failure. This is not necessarily due to a kidney infection, nor do all kidney infections result in this condition. The buildup of various substances that would normally be regulated by the kidney leads to symptoms. ...Read more

3

3
Why do I get so many kidney infections pyelo?

Why do I get so many kidney infections pyelo?

Abnormal Urine tract: Get checked out for kidney stones , structural or functional abnormalities of your urinary tract. Get a renal ultrasound for starters. You may need a ct scan, voiding cystourethrogram or urology evaluation. ...Read more

5

5
Why does urine infections occur?

Why does urine infections occur?

Bacteria: Urine is good media to grow bacteria as well as proximity to genitals and anal area leads to entry of bacteria in bladder , that is the reason female get more UTI than men until men gets prostrate problem after 50. After sex void urine and correct vipe of perineum decrease frequency of uti. ...Read more

6

6
Explain cause of dormant e-coli and recurring infections. I have recurrent kidney stones as well. ?

Explain cause of dormant e-coli and recurring infections.  I have recurrent kidney stones as well.  ?

Impossible to tell: I think that you should obtain advice from your treating clinician on this matter. It's difficult to discern the root cause of your problems without more info. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Why do some people develop sepsis from urinary infections, and others don't?

Multiple factors.: The innate immune system, virulence of the organism, presence of renal stones or abnormal anatomy can all play a part in whether sepsis occurs. Even a persons diet prior to getting sick can make a difference. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Frequent fliers: Repeat infections can occur for many reasons including (but not all inclusive): 1. The infection wasnt completely managed in 1st place (abscess not drained, dead tissue behind, inadequate therapy) 2. The wrong antibiotic chosen 3. Risk that caused 1st infection continues (behavior/immune disorder) 4. Immunity doesnt follow infection (syphilis, rhinovirus) 5. True true unrelated (new infect'n). ...Read more

9

9
Why do I get urinary tract infections so often? How can I prevent this from happening?

Why do I get urinary tract infections so often? How can I prevent this from happening?

Talk to you doctor.: Without more information, it is unclear if these recurrent utis are relapses or reinfections. Your doctor should determine if appropriate antibiotics were utilized. You may also need to have a discussion with your doctor regarding hygiene, bathing habits, sexual history, etc. There may be an anatomic abnormality that could be evaluated by a urologist. Good luck! ...Read more

10

10
Do all infections cause a elevated wbc? Or only the bad infections do

Some do, some don't: It's just one piece of information. Most severe bacterial infections will raise the neutrophil count and put overactive and young cells in that series into the blood -- but the very worst may actually feature a low count. Different white cells come out for different knids of infection, and sometimes the response is poor overall. Don't rely on just one piece of information. ...Read more

11

11
Why do kidney stones cause severe vaginal pain ?

Why do kidney stones cause severe vaginal pain ?

Proximity of ureter: Terminal ureter is very close to upper vagina. Obstructing ureteral stone lying right next to vagina can certainly cause severe vaginal pain which will be relieved once stone has either passed or been removed. ...Read more

12

12
Why do kidney stone can cause blood in urine?

Why do kidney stone can cause blood in urine?

Irritation: The lining of the ureters is quite fragile and sensitive. A kidney stone will irritate that lining and cause bleeding which will present as blood in the urine. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Why do women get urinary tract infections?

Why do women get urinary tract infections?

UTI: short distance from anus , vagina and feces to uretheral orifice. I would go to wikipedia for more details and discuss with you Dr. As your reasons may be different from most. ...Read more

17

17
How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

Water, water, water: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases the risk of both kidney stones and kidney infections. Think of the water you drink as diluting the other substances in your urine, including the minerals that can cause kidney stones, as well as washing out your urinary system to flush bacteria out of you and into the toilet! in women, frequent urination, wiping front to back reduce infection risks. ...Read more

18

18
How can you prevent urinary tract infections before they happen?

How can you prevent urinary tract infections before they happen?

Several things: Drink lots of water daily, vitamin c and cranberry juice make the urine more acidic which tends to discourage infection, urinate often-don't hold urine as long as possible, avoid foreign agents like douches, feminine scented products, avoid contamination from rectal secretions/contents. ...Read more

19

19
Can antibiotics cause a uti? I know they can cause yeast infections but don't have discharge or itch.... Burning, urinary incontinence and frequency

No they can't: You can develop a UTI resistant to the antibiotic ur on if you develop a UTI whilst on antibiotics. Uti is certainly most likely with your symptoms. Will certainly require a different antibiotic to clear up. Good luck. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
How do doctors manage kidney infections in pregnancy?

How do doctors manage kidney infections in pregnancy?

Pyelonephritis: Kidney infections during pregnancy can become serious infections quickly. It is imperative to treat quickly as an outpatient and follow closely. Due to the fact that there is increased glucose in the urine of pregnant women, bacteria thrive more abundantly. If persistent fever with flank or kidney pain, hospitalization with IV antibiotics may be indicated. Follow the doctor's instructions. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
21

21
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

See 1 more doctor answer
22

22
Kidney infections symtoms?

Several: A kidney infection is different from a bladder infection (cystitis). It has gone higher up the urinary tract. For this reason, symptoms my be different. This is usually quite serious and may cause fever, chills, pain on the affected side in the upper back, nausea and vomiting and pain with urination. One may have pain inn the flank and along the gutter of the abdomen. Don't delay, get seen now. ...Read more

23

23
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

25

25
Simptoms of kidney infection?

Fever and back pain: Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is usually bacterial in nature and related to a urinary tract infection. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, painful urination, and costovertebral tenderness (pain in your back between the 12th rib and spine). Your doctor can diagnose pyelonephritis with simple urine tests and physical exam. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
26

26
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

27

27
I think I have kidney infection?

Signs of kidney infx: A kidney infection is a urinary infection which has spread beyond the bladder to the kidney. An "ordinary" bladder infection makes you feel like you have to pee all the time yet only a little bit may come out. Sometimes it hurts to pee and sometimes you see blood in the urine. If the infection gets up into the kidney you may also feel pain in your back, have a fever, and even shaking chills. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
28

28
How do you get kidney infections?

How do you get kidney infections?

Starts bladder: Starts bladder in some infection progresses to kidney. Some because of anatomical event causing urine to reflux to kidney. ...Read more

29

29
What can cure a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: Appropriate antibiotics, meaning that the bacteria causing infection are sensitive to the prescribed antibiotic. Kidney stones , if present, will need to be removed & any condition predisposed to causing urine infections which lead to kidney infection needs to be corrected. ...Read more

30

30
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

See 1 more doctor answer
31

31
How painful is a kidney infection?

How painful is a kidney infection?

Will vary.: Kidney infections are serious and require prompt treatment with the right antibiotic. Flank pain is the most common symptom and can range from mild flank discomfort to severe flank pain with fever, nausea, and vomiting. If you think you have a kidney infection, see your physician as soon as you can for evaluation and urine culture. ...Read more

32

32
How serious is a kidney infection?

Extremely: Antibiotics are not causing the fever, the infection is. They might be making the nausea from infection worse, which can sometimes be helped if take w/food. If vomiting up all food/drink, then will need hospitalized for IV antibiotics. Untreated kidney (or other) infection can spread, cause sepsis and death--that is why they are treated. ...Read more

35

35
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

36

36
How can I cure a kidney infection?

How can I cure a kidney infection?

Suitable antibiotics: U need 2c doctor who will send urine culture to identify bacteria causing infection ; which antibiotic will be effective to kill the bacteria. In mean time start u on a broad spectrum antibiotic like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Bactrim for 2 weeks whilst awaiting urine culture result ; chnage antibiotic if necessary. Macrodantin shouldn't be used (poor tissue penetration). Drink lots of water ; get lots of rest. ...Read more

37

37
Where does a kidney infection hurt?

Where does a kidney infection hurt?

Two reasons: 1) just like infections that you get on your skin (large zit, abscess, ingrown nail), the resulting response will cause inflammation in and around the organ. The inflammation also results in swelling. 2) since the kidney is surrounded by a tough membrane called the capsule, swelling increasing the pressure in the kidney, which can also register as pain. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
38

38
How can I treat a kidney infection?

How can I treat a kidney infection?

Antibiotics: A patient with a kidney infections (pyelonephritis) should be treated with an appropriate antibiotic and be kept well hydrated after being seen by a physician. Depending on the situation this can be done in the hospital or at home however, if a patient is not improving on a given regimen then the treatment must be re-evaluated promptly. ...Read more

39

39
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

See 1 more doctor answer
40

40
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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Janice Alexander
9 doctors shared insights

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