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Why Do People Get Kidney Infections
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
No time frame: There is no time frame for worsening of renal function. There are factors (like diabetes, high blood pressure and urine infections) which hasten the process. However if you can control above factors (which you may not be able to do all the time), the decline in renal function can be slowed down till eternity ...Read more
Deep flank pain: Symptoms may include fevers, strong teeth -chattering chills, malaise and exquisitely tender, sharp/stabbing deep pain on the flank of the side of the infected kidney, usually below the lower edge of the rib cage. For any person who experienced this, it's excrutiatingly painful. ...Read more
Possibly: If the infection was associated with a kidney stone and the infection was proximal to it (above) then antibiotics may not be needed. ...Read more
No it is not common: No it is not common to get diarrhea before kidney infection. ...Read more
Treat promptly: Get urinalysis and culture as soon as UTI suspected and start on antibiotics asap. Drink plenty of water and urinate fairly frequently. ...Read more
Unable: Get referral to a urologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes, especially if you are on the wrong antibiotics. Do you have a high fever? Kidney infections almost always are associated with a high fever. ...Read more
Would a kidney infection be continous pain and nausea? I get sudden pains in my kidney area and usually subside. Had a infec before doesn't feel like it
Possibly: This could be many things including a kidney infection or even a kidney stone. You need to see your physician as soon as possible so that the appropriate testing may be obtained. ...Read more
I have a kidney infection. When I lay on my side that is inflamed I get a burning sensation right in that area. Is that normal or should I be worrie?
Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". It is a systemic infection. Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. It typically is a "localized" infection limited to the bladder. ...Read more
Many possibilities: 1) bacteria causing your UTI may be resistant to your antibiotic. 2) UTI will never clear if you have an infected bladder or kidney stone, stone would need 2B removed before UTI will clear up. 3) urinary tract does not empty completely from retention, urinary reflux, bladder diverticulum etc. 4) area of chronic pyelonehritis or infection in kidney calyx which antibiotics can not reach. ...Read more
Pyelonephritis: If you are only taking gentamicin once a week you probably have significant impairment of renal function, in which case this is a very complex issue and may require input from an infectious diseases expert who can see and examine you and has access to your records. Good luck ...Read more
Will you get headaches if you have a kidney infection. I have had a UTI for about 6 mos. Have not got treated for it.
See the doctor: Utis left untreated can cause kidney infections and septicemia. See your doctor. ...Read more
I'm haveing middle back pain im afraid it might be a kidney infection should I go get checked out or is it just normal back pai.?
Could br kidney: Usually pain related to the kidneys is on the sides and travels to the belly if it is caused by a stone. If you have fever or burning on urinating you may also have a urine infection and then you will need cultures and antibiotics. If pain is related to movement it is most likely muscular or due to bones. ...Read more
Can having a kidney infection cause you to miss you period. I was suppose to get mine july 5th and haven't got it and the test are all negativa?
Possible: There are many things that can affect the menstrual cycle, as you know. However, I would think that the kidney infection would need to be rather significant accompanied by fever, chills, body aches. In other words, significant enough that it would affect hormonal and other bodily function. I do not feel that a simple bladder infection or a mild urinary tract infection would disturb the cycle. ...Read more
Iv got severe pain in my bk were my kidneys r but can't get in docs. I think it a kidney infection and can't keep anything ddown. What should I do?
Seek health care: See a doctor as soon as possible. It may be a kidney infection. ...Read more
How long does it take to get over a kidney infection? Iv been taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 4 days and I see a little difference but still some pain.
See your physician.: Kidney infections are serious and require prompt treatment with the right antibiotic. Hopefully you have a urine culture result by now which will show the correct antibiotic. Flank pain is common even on proper therapy, but worsening pain & fever requires re-evaluation with physical exam & possibly imaging as your current regimen may be inadequate. See your physician as soon as you can. ...Read more
Misinformed?: No. You do not and cannot treat an infection with fluids. ...Read more
Urinalysis: Not unless a pregnancy test is ordered. Please tell your physician if there is any chance you may be pregnant so that this is tested fo.. ...Read more
I need advice on home remedy for preventing bladder/kidney infections as I get them quite a few times in the past 2 years?
Bladder infections: Can sometimes be prevented by taking cranberry pills or juice on a regular basis, urinating after intercourse and of course wiping from front to back after urinating. If you have frequent urinary tract infections you should see your doctor who may recommend a prophylactic antibiotic. Good luck! ...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