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Kidney Infection

Kidney Infection Treatment Atlanta

Kidney infections are actually a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) known as pyelonephritis. When the kidney becomes infected by e coli or another type of bacteria, a kidney infection is present. Usually, the infection starts in a lower part of the urinary tract such as the bladder or ureter and spreads to the kidney. Because women have shorter urethras, they are more likely to experience UTIs than men, but UTIs can affect anyone.


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Common Symptoms of Kidney Infection

The kidneys are located in the lower abdomen toward the back. Low back pain can be a sign of kidney problems. Severe low back pain could be a sign of kidney stones. Common symptoms for kidney infections include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Back pain
  • Pain or irritation in urethra during urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cloudy or pungent urine


Causes and Risk Factors of Overactive Bladder Syndrome

When to See a Doctor for Kidney Infection

Left untreated, a kidney infection can lead to other serious conditions such as contamination of the blood, kidney scarring which can contribute to kidney failure and other health problems, and complications to pregnancy. If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing severe pain or symptoms, call 911 or visit an emergency room.

Diagnosis & Treatments for Kidney Infection

The most common diagnostic methods are urine and blood tests. These will show whether an infection is present. In some cases, ultrasound, CT scan or dye test may be indicated. Talk to your doctor about what diagnostic method is right for you.

The most commonly prescribed treatment is antibiotics as bacteria is the chief cause of a kidney infection. If you’re suffering from chronic or recurring kidney infections, there could be a structural problem with the kidneys or urinary tract that requires surgical intervention. Before surgery is prescribed, the more thorough diagnostic methods will likely be ordered to rule out any other cause of kidney dysfunction.

Surgical methods commonly offered include laparoscopic surgery as well as traditional open surgery. Talk to your doctor about robotic and other minimally invasive alternatives to traditional surgery which offer quicker recovery times and fewer chances of complications.

When to See an Atlanta Doctor for Overactive Bladder Syndrome

How Advanced Urology Can Help

Our dual board-certified surgeons and specialists are here for you. If you’d like to learn more about kidney infection treatments or any other urological health service, contact one of our patient coordinators today to book an appointment or to request more information from our care team.