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How can kidney infections be prevented?

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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
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In brief: Kidney infections

The best prevention for kidney infections is good hygiene.
Most kidney infections start in the bladder and are from bacteria that live on the skin of the penis or in the vaginal vault. Women, after intercourse, should urinate within a few hours. Make sure you don't hold your bladder for an absurd about of time since the act of urination flushes these bacteria from the urethra.

In brief: Kidney infections

The best prevention for kidney infections is good hygiene.
Most kidney infections start in the bladder and are from bacteria that live on the skin of the penis or in the vaginal vault. Women, after intercourse, should urinate within a few hours. Make sure you don't hold your bladder for an absurd about of time since the act of urination flushes these bacteria from the urethra.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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3 comments
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Urinary tratc infections are common in women. THEY ARE NOT common in men. If a man has a UTI, they need to see a urologist. If either male or female, but get constant and recurrent UTI's then seeking evaluation by a urologist might also be a good start.
Dr. William Walsh
Additionally, drinking cranberry juice can reduce the incidence of UTIs in women (but is not useful in treatment). Staying hydrated also reduces the risk of UTI. I agree with Dr. Mutnick that men who have more than one UTI need a urologic evaluation.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Drink more water

The best prevention of urinary tract infections and kidney infections is to increase your daily water intake.
As long as there are no anatomical abnormalities, drinking more water will not cure the problem but will definitely decrease your chances of an infection. If this fails, then a daily low dose antibiotic will be needed to help suppress the bacterial load in the urinary tract.

In brief: Drink more water

The best prevention of urinary tract infections and kidney infections is to increase your daily water intake.
As long as there are no anatomical abnormalities, drinking more water will not cure the problem but will definitely decrease your chances of an infection. If this fails, then a daily low dose antibiotic will be needed to help suppress the bacterial load in the urinary tract.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. Nalini Ramanathan
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fluid to flush

Should be screened early if has dm should be treated with appropite antibiotics for atlest 7-10 days and drink lot of water and empty bladder completely.

In brief: Fluid to flush

Should be screened early if has dm should be treated with appropite antibiotics for atlest 7-10 days and drink lot of water and empty bladder completely.
Dr. Nalini Ramanathan
Dr. Nalini Ramanathan
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Avoid & treat UTIs

Firstly try and avoid getting a lower urinary tract infection, ie cranberry juice or pills, shower rather than bathe, urinate after sex, wear cotton underwear & not thongs, drink plenty of water and don't withold urination.
Secondly treat any UTI asap with antibiotics to prevent infection from ascending to kidneys.

In brief: Avoid & treat UTIs

Firstly try and avoid getting a lower urinary tract infection, ie cranberry juice or pills, shower rather than bathe, urinate after sex, wear cotton underwear & not thongs, drink plenty of water and don't withold urination.
Secondly treat any UTI asap with antibiotics to prevent infection from ascending to kidneys.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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