What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney infection? Are the antibiotics for treatment the same?

Uti a general term. Utis are bladder and/or kidney kidney infections often require antibiotics for longer and in different dosage than bladder infections.
Here are some ... Yes, a significant difference. UTI of lower urinary tract (bladder/urethra - cystitis) is usually uncomplicated in females and only needs 3-5 day use of antibiotics (I prefer 3 days.); UTI of upper tract (kidneys/ureters - pyelonephritis) needs a least 2-week use of antibiotics with a close monitoring / F/U. Ask Doc for detail timely. Best wish ...

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I've been suffering with a uti for some time now about a month without treatment. How long does it take for a bladder/kidney infection to occur?

Go seek help. While we have very limited information, this may be more STD related than a typical UTI, if you've had it for about a month. By the way, most people say they UTI when they are referring to a cystitis(bladder infection). A UTI encompasses both lower tract(bladder) and upper tract(kidney/pyelonephritis) infections. Best of luck. Read more...

How can aperson tell the difference between a UTI and a kidney infection?

Kidney infect is UTI. Kidney is the top end of the urinary tract. Kidney infections can be associated with high fever, back pain, nause & vomiting & blood in urine with or without symptoms of a lower tract UTI which are burning on urination, urinary frequenc and urgency. Some have blood urine with cystitis (bladder uti), foul smelling urine possible with both. Fever uncommon with cystits although urine feels hot. Read more...

How could a doctor tell the difference between a kidney infection and a uti?

Definitions. First of all, both of these are very generic terms. Uti refers to infections anywhere along the urinary tract including a kidney infection. However when most people use the term UTI they usually mean a bladder infection or irritation of the lower urinary tract. Infections of the kidney or pyelonephritis are often associated with fevers, severe pain and more serious illness than bladder infection. Read more...