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What Are the Symptoms of a Kidney Infection

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 25, 2017
What Are the Symptoms of a Kidney Infection

Kidney infections usually occur when a urinary infection is not treated properly. A urinary infection can easily spread to the kidneys through the urinary duct that connects the bladder and kidneys. When the kidneys become infected, severe symptoms occur that require immediate medical attention. A kidney infection can potentially cause irreversible damage, which is why it is very important to receive specialized treatment as soon as possible. In oneHowto.com we explain the symptoms of a kidney infection, so you can quickly detect if you have one and seek medical help.

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The main cause of kidney infection is a urinary tract or bladder infection that has not been treated properly. There are, however, other conditions that may trigger a kidney infection, for example:

  • Having kidney stones
  • Having a prostate infection
  • Tumors that obstruct the passage of urine to the bladder
  • Infection caused by the use of a catheter into the bladder
  • Have recently performed a cystoscopy to evaluate the status of the bladder

Furthermore, kidney infections are more common in:

  • Women, especially pregnant women
  • People with a sexually active life (sex can cause urinary tract infections)
  • Those with health conditions such as diabetes, polycystic kidneys or sickle cell anemia
  • Patients with compromised immune systems
  • Those who have had a kidney transplant

All those who have a higher than average risk of kidney disease should pay particular attention to the health of their kidneys. Take a look at our article on how to care for your kidneys for more information.

What Are the Symptoms of a Kidney Infection - Step 2

The symptoms of a kidney infection are as follows:

  • Pain, which can be located in the groin area, in or near the side of the lower back
  • Frequent urination, when we try to do the amount of urine is very small
  • Burning pain on urination
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Possible blood or pus in the urine
  • Apathy and loss of appetite

As a kidney infection is normally caused by a badly treated UTI is also important to pay attention to signs of this condition to ensure early detection. You should inform yourself on the symptoms of a UTIso that you know as soon as you get one. If you find that you do have a UTI, it is important that you go see your doctor so that you are prescribed the appropriate antibiotic.

It's also important to highlight that we should visit a doctor a soon as possible when we have urinary infections, as only a specialist will be able to determine the type of bacteria you have through examination of urine and will determine the most adequate antibiotic you should be prescribed.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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