Kidney Infections

The kidneys serve several highly important functions.

They filter waste and control fluid in the body, while also helping make red blood cells, control blood pressure, and control pH levels. With so many jobs to do, the kidneys are a huge part of a functional, healthy human body.

As such, kidney infections (also known as pyleonephritis), if left untreated, can worsen and possibly transfer bacteria into a person’s bloodstream. This can cause a life-threatening condition called septicemia.

Because kidney infections can cause serious lasting, damage, they demand immediate medical attention.

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Infections?

Kidney infections present a number of symptoms for the average sufferer:

  • Frequent urination
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Cloudy Urine
  • Odor that has a persistent odor
  • Back or groin pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hematuria (blood in your urine)

If a kidney infection is left untreated, the bacteria travels to your bloodstream, giving you a life-threatening infection.

What Are the Risk Factors for a Kidney Infection?

There are a few key risk factors for getting a kidney infection:

  • Female: Because females have shorter urethras than males, it’s easier for bacteria to travel from the outside of a female’s body to the inside.
  • Weakened Immune System: Medical conditions that impair immune function, such as HIV, can make it easier for bacteria to enter the body.
  • Using a catheter: For first-time urinary catheter users, the risk of contracting a kidney infection goes up.

If you suspect you may have a kidney infection or condition, it’s important to schedule an immediate appointment with a medical professional. Without prompt medical attention, your condition could get worse and cause kidney scarring. It can even cause a deadly condition called septicemia. 

Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center can help you get the treatment you deserve. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.