Kidney Infection

What is a Kidney Infection?

Kidney infections are a type of infection that falls into the urinary tract infection category. A urinary tract infection commonly starts in the urethra, or even your bladder. After it develops, it can travel up the urinary tract and into the kidneys.

A kidney infection does require medical attention. If it is not treated right away, it can cause serious, permanent damage to your kidneys. The bacteria can also spread into the bloodstream, which is able to cause a life threatening infection.

What are the Symptoms of Kidney Infection?

Symptoms of kidney infections can be extremely painful. They may also be very confusing.

Symptoms include

  • Fever, can be constant or intermittent
  • Pain in the back, side, or groin
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Urinating frequently
  • A persistent, strong urge to urinate
  • A sensation of burning upon urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pus in the urine
  • A foul smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine

Not all of these symptoms are present as an initial sign of a kidney infection. However, if you develop three or more symptoms associated with kidney infection, you should see your doctor right away.

How is Kidney Infection Treated?

Treatment of a kidney infection can include strong antibiotics. In many cases, it might require hospitalization.

The first treatment for a kidney infection is usually antibiotics. The type of antibiotics that are used depend on your health, your antibiotic allergies, and the type of bacteria that is found in your urine. After treatment with antibiotics has started, the symptoms will clear up within a few days. It may be necessary for you to take your antibiotic for a week, or even up to 14 days to ensure that the infection is completely cleared up.

A kidney infection that has become severe may require hospital admittance. The treatment received there will include IV antibiotics. The amount of time you stay in the hospital will depend on the severity of your infection, and the type of bacteria that is found in your urine. If more than one bacteria is found in your urine, your hospital stay may be longer to ensure that all negative bacteria has been eliminated and does not return.