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What are some signs of a bladder/kidney infection coming on? What liquids should I avoid until it subsides?
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
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In brief: Burning urination
The most common symptoms are burning with urination, and urinating more frequently than usual.
Some people see some blood in their urine or have difficulty making it to the bathroom in time. Any liquids that don't have alcohol in them are good. If the symptoms don't resolve, you should see a doctor for an antibiotic.

In brief: Burning urination
The most common symptoms are burning with urination, and urinating more frequently than usual.
Some people see some blood in their urine or have difficulty making it to the bathroom in time. Any liquids that don't have alcohol in them are good. If the symptoms don't resolve, you should see a doctor for an antibiotic.
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Dr. Andrew Siegel
Additionally, generally-speaking, bladder infections cause burning, pain, frequency and localized symptoms whereas a kidney infection is more apt to cause fever, chills, nausea, flank pain and other systemic symptoms.
Dr. Michael Yu
Urology
In brief: Pain
Bladder infections are usually accompanied by painful urination, frequency and urgency.
Kidney infections usually present with high fevers, chills, and back or flank pain. Caffeine and alcohol can increase frequency and make symptoms worse, but increasing fluid intake may help with flushing out the bacteria with a bladder infection. Both are best treated with antibiotics, so see your doctor.

In brief: Pain
Bladder infections are usually accompanied by painful urination, frequency and urgency.
Kidney infections usually present with high fevers, chills, and back or flank pain. Caffeine and alcohol can increase frequency and make symptoms worse, but increasing fluid intake may help with flushing out the bacteria with a bladder infection. Both are best treated with antibiotics, so see your doctor.
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