How can you tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

Bladder/kidney infx. Sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference, but often the difference is in the degree of symptoms. A simple bladder infection has mostly local discomfort with urinating, an urge to void with little urine, and possibly blood in the urine. A kidney infection is more systemic, with fever, chills and sweats, and pain more in the mid back or flanks. A cat scan can sometimes show which it is.
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.

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My fiance is a quad. As a result of an auto accident. Are there any suggestions on how to help prevent kidney and bladder infections?

UTI prevention. Nitrofutantoin taken 100 mg daily can prevent recurrent uti's. Read more...
Bladder emptying. The same nerves that control the muscles in the legs, also control the bladder and bowel. Your fiance needs a full work-up of his bladder functioning to determine if he is empying his bladder and if the pressures are high and damaging his kidneys. He should void every 2-3 hours, increase fluid intake, and see a urologist who specializes in neurogenic bladders. Read more...
Clean cathing. The literature is rather clear on the fact that nitrofurantoin, methenamine, vitamin c or cranberry pills do not lower the risk of utis anymore than placebo. The risk of chronic Nitrofurantoin use is pulmonary fibrosis which is to be avoided at all cost, especially in a tetraplegic person. Use clean cathing to avoid contamination and cath often to prevent urine stagnation and bacterial growth. Read more...
Intermittent caths. Clean intermittent catheterization 4 - 5 times/day and prophllactic antibacterial like Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) after course of antibiotics if he gets a uti. Cranberry gelcaps or tablets may reduce risk of utis. "probiotic" yoghurt, with live culture may also help. Do not let bladder get overdistended. Maintain satisfactory bowel regime to avoid constipation. Good luck to both of you. Read more...

How do doctors tell the difference between a kidney and bladder infection?

See below. A urinalysis can be very helpful in determining whether or not you have a UTI but it does not differentiate between a bladder or kidney infection. Both types of uti's can cause burning, urgency and frequency. Kidney infections more frequently cause fever and chills and they produce pain and tenderness in the cva(costovertebral angle) in the flank where the kidneys are located. Read more...

Can a ua tell the diffrence between a kidney and bladder infection. Does either type of infection usually cause severe pain in the kidney area?

No. A urinalysis can be very helpful in determining whether or not you have a UTI but it does not differentiate between a bladder or kidney infection. Both types of uti's can cause burning, urgency and frequency. Kidney infections more frequently cause fever and chills and they produce pain and tenderness in the cva(costovertebral angle) in the flank where the kidneys are located. Read more...

What do I do for a bad kidney and bladder infection?

See your doctor! If you have a severe bladder infection, the most appropriate treatment is to take antibiotics. Your doctor can help choice both the most appropriate antibiotic and for how long to take it. A kidney infection can be severe and even require time in the hospital so it is important not to delay treatment. Your doctor can also test the urine to confirm which bacteria is infecting and how to treat it. Read more...

If I went to the medic for dehydration, hypoklemia (k+2.9) and kidney and bladder infection was this a personal injury? I was in the emergency for dehydration, hypokalemia (k+2.9), and got a kidney and bladder infection. I would like to know how serious

It . It sounds like you had a kidney infection with dehydration and severe hypokalemia (potassium of 2.9). Hydrochlorothiazide causes low potassium. I am so sorry that this happened to you and would recommend that you follow up with the pharmacy. It should be a learning experience for them as it sounds like a mistake was made. Please follow up so that they are aware of this. Read more...
Unknown. You appear to be asking an opinion but have not provided enough facts to comment. Medical liability issues require a lengthy review of medical records by specialists in related fields. If you can find a lawyer interested in your case, they will investigate it, but unless you have permanent injuries & can prove it was due to the care you received, they won't pursue the case. Read more...