Table of Contents
- Kidney infection facts
- What is the function of the kidneys?
- Where are the kidneys located?
- What is a kidney infection, and are kidney and urinary tract infection the same?
- What are the causes of kidney infection?
- What are risk factors for kidney and urinary tract infection (UTI)?
- Is screening recommended for UTI or kidney infection?
- What are the signs and symptoms of kidney infection?
- How is kidney infection diagnosed?
- What are different types of kidney infection?
- What are the common bacteria that cause kidney infections?
- What is the treatment for kidney infection?
- Are there foods I should avoid if I have a kidney infection?
- Can kidney infection be prevented?
Kidney Infection Symptoms
Some of the general symptoms of urinary infection can accompany kidney infection like
- pain on urination (dysuria),
- needing to urinate frequently (urinary frequency), and
- feeling a strong urge to urinate (urinary urgency).
Other symptoms that may accompany kidney infection are
- abdominal pain,
- nausea and vomiting.
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Kidney infection facts
- Kidney infection is one of a number of infections that can involve the urinary tract.
- Infection of the kidney is very common, especially in young females.
- Causes of kidney infection are bacteria that have gained entry to the urinary tract, usually via the anus or vagina.
- Risk factors for kidney infection are pregnancy, sexual intercourse, a history of urinary tract infection, spermicide use, kidney stones, use of urinary catheters, diabetes, and surgery or instrumentation of the urinary tract.
- Kidney infections are not contagious.
- Symptoms of kidney infection are
- Treatment of kidney infection involves oral or intravenous antibiotics.
- Kidney infections can sometimes be prevented by changing urinary catheters frequently, good hygiene practices, and taking preventive antibiotics in certain people at high risk.
- If treated early and adequately, kidney infection generally has a good outcome.
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NIH. Pyelonephritis: kidney infection. Updated Jun, 11 2012.
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