Why you should know the symptoms of a kidney infection

kidney infA kidney infection, also known as pyelonephritis, is a urinary tract infection in the upper airway that usually occurs when the bacteria ascend from the bladder to the body through the ureters, causing an infection that should be dealt with quickly in order to prevent major complications that may affect our health. This type of infection usually occurs in people who have previously had a urinary tract infection, especially if the same has not been addressed adequately, if not performed complete antibiotic treatment prescribed by your specialist or when the bacterium is especially strong and resilient.

The bacteria that produces the average urinary tract infection can potentially be the cause for a kidney infection, mainly because it was not properly treated at first. That’s why if there is a presence of any sort of infection on the urine tract, it is imperative that the patient receives proper treatment as that condition can worsen considerably if not treated properly. However, a kidney infection can be caused by frequent cystitis, kidney stones, reflux, people who have been recently treated with antibiotics, in contact with bacteria and who have had surgical procedures performed in their urinary tract.  In order to prevent this type of infection, it is recommended that we keep a healthy intake of vitamin D in our daily lives. It should be pointed out that this condition affects females much more than males.

The main symptoms for a kidney infection are the following:

  • A heightened painful sensation in the lumbar area that can also extend to the abdominal area or the groin.
  • A persistent fever that lasts longer that two days.
  • Chills.
  • Nausea, vomit and lack of appetite.

Also, symptoms that are commonly associated with a urinary infection can also be present. Such as burning sensation when urinating, feeling a constant urge to urinate even though there is a small quantity of liquid coming out and a sensation that the bladder was not entirely drained.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to visit a urologist or family doctor to have all studies made in order to determine if this is an infection in the kidneys. A deficiency in Vitamin D, can also be verified by blood and urine tests. These are the common ways in which a kidney infection is quickly identified.

Antibiotic treatment is usually employed to combat the infection, however it is not advisable to self-medicate, because it must have been previously identified exactly which is the bacteria which must be combated and what kind of antibiotics are the most propitious to do so. In some cases hospitalization may be required to assess the evolution of the patient in front of the treatment. A kidney infection can be a serious illness. In all cases people who are suffering from this condition are advised to watch their vitamin D intake.

Immediate attention is essential to avoid the possible complications of this condition among which are the permanent kidney damage, chronic kidney infection, an abscess in the kidneys or significant inflammation in the area surrounding these bodies. Patients with diabetes, liver cirrhosis, or conditions that compromise the immune system must be monitored very closely by a specialist.

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