Do nitrites indicate kidney infection or bladder infection?

Could be either. Infection in the urinary tract often begins with a bladder infection; this may extend further "upstream" to involve the kidneys (but the kidneys could also be a primary source of infection). Either way, nitrates on the dipstick urinalysis usually is how's up as a "byproduct" of bacteria commonly infecting the urinary tract. A kidney infection is usually more symptomatic and more serious.

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Symptoms of kidney infections are the same as symptoms of bladder infections?

While both can. Cause malodorous urine, kidney infections are more serious: pain in side or back, very high fever, chills, and sepsis. Bladder symptoms are frequency, urgency, burning. The latter, if neglected or treated wrongly, can lead to an upper trcat infection. Read more...

Im23 &always get silent bladder infections Can a silent bladder infect. Cause a silent kidney infection? Can it delay period &cause pregnancy symptoms?

Silent UTIs. Yes, silent UTIs and bladder infections can lead to kidney infections (pyelonephritis) if left untreated. Typically, kidney infections are not "silent". they typically cause generalized symptoms (fever, aches) as well as pain at the kidney (lower r or l back). It is essential to get this these treated as they can lead to loss of kidney fcn. Infxn will not delay menses. See your doc for preg test. . Read more...

I get bladder infections (once led to a kidney infection) a lot, is it a 'chronic bacterial infection'?

No it's not. A chronic but a recurrent infection. Ask ur pcp about a referral to a urologist for further workup to check for abnormal structure in ur urinary tract. Take care! http://www.Patient.Co.Uk/doctor/recurrent-urinary-tract-infection. Read more...