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List of the Signs and Symptoms of a Kidney Infection
Before we go into the symptoms of kidney infection, let's have a quick update on what a kidney infection is...
First off, kidney infection should not be confused with cystitis, which is a bladder infection. An infection of the kidneys is a much more serious condition.
It's medical name is 'pyelonephritis' and if not treated promptly, usually with antibiotics, it can lead to even more serious health issues, such as septicaemia (blood poisoning).
It's caused by bacteria -- often E. coli -- entering the urethra (the tube through which urine is passed out of the body) and travelling up through the bladder and ureters to the kidneys. But in the majority of cases only one kidney is involved.
It is much more common in women than men because their urethra is shorter than mens'. Also, the vagina is very close to the anus so that bacteria can more easily reach the urethra. And younger women are even more at risk since they are generally more sexually active.
Kidney infection symptoms often suddenly develop as an acute kidney infection which responds to treatment. But some people suffer from long standing chronic infections which are more difficult to treat.
Now here's a list of the most common kidney infection symptoms...
Kidney Infection Symptoms List
The following are the major symptoms of kidney infection to look for...
- high temperature - as high as 39.5 deg C / 103.1 deg F
- pain in your side
- lower back pain
- feeling very week
- pain around the genital area
- burning sensation or even pain during urination
- a strong feeling that you need to urinate more frequently
- being unable to urinate fully
- a cloudy or dark colored urine
If you have any of the above symptoms then you should visit your doctor asap for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Do not ignore the symptoms.
Now, please take a minute to listen to Dr. Wainstein...
Kidney Infections: Sasha Wainstein MD FACS Urology
Treating a urinary tract infection early is the key to fast UTI relief and preventing more serious problems. With AZO Test Strips, you can take a UTI test at home safely and simply, then call your doctor with the results. The same type of UTI tests that most doctors use to diagnose a UTI.
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