Kidney Infections

Kidney Infections

Kidney Infection

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Kidney infections can be painful and if not treated properly, they can cause permanent damage to your kidneys. A kidney infection is a type of urinary tract infection. It usually begins in your bladder or urethra and then moves on to your kidneys.

Symptoms of Kidney Infection

The two most common symptoms of kidney infection are fever and low back pain. Below are the other typical symptoms you might experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • Pus or blood in your urine

If you are being treated for a urinary tract infection and your symptoms are not improving, then it may be time to see your doctor about this. A severe kidney infection can arise leading to life-threatening complications. Any time you see blood in your urine or have nausea and vomiting associated with a urinary tract infection, it’s time to consult a physician.

Causes of Kidney Infection

Bacteria can enter your urinary tract through the urethra and began to grow. Though this is the most common way for someone to get a kidney infection, they can also occur when you have an infection in another part of your body that travels through the bloodstream to your kidneys.

Who is at Risk?

Women are much more likely to suffer with kidney infection than men. On a woman, the urethra is much shorter so bacteria doesn’t have as far to travel. Obstructions in the urinary tract such as kidney stones can also lead to kidney infection. Those with a weakened immune system are at higher risk, along with those who have damage to nerves around the bladder. Patients who use urinary catheters may also have frequent kidney infections.

Kidney Infections

Treatment for Kidney Infections 

Doctors most often prescribe antibiotics for kidney infection. Your doctor will choose an antibiotic based on your health conditions and urine tests. Normally, the symptoms will begin to diminish after a few days of treatment, but be sure to continue taking your antibiotics till they are all gone.

Call to Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve noticed blood in your urine, then call to schedule an appointment immediately with Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL. Kidney infections can be dangerous if left untreated.

Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. Her staff is comprised mostly of women so that patients can feel very comfortable about speaking openly regarding their concerns and conditions.  All Women Urology offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, overactive bladder and bladder and kidney cancer.