Kidney infections are a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that occur when bacteria enter the kidneys and begin to multiply. The infection is usually caused by bacteria from the bladder or the urethra, which are the tubes that carry urine out of the body. Kidney infections can be serious and even life-threatening if left untreated, so it is important to know the warning signs and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Common warning signs of a kidney infection include fever, chills, pain in the back or side, frequent and/or painful urination, cloudy or bloody urine, and feeling tired and weak. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. In addition, if the infection spreads to the bloodstream, it can cause confusion, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor will likely order a urine test to confirm the presence of a kidney infection, as well as prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the antibiotics and to finish the entire course of treatment, even if the symptoms have improved.
If you experience any of the warning signs of a kidney infection, be sure to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent serious complications.