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These are the causes, symptoms, consequences and solutions

These are the causes, symptoms, consequences and solutions

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard it in your environment: nephritis. Haven’t you dealt with it yourself before? Then it is very important to watch for any symptoms (and ring the bell immediately if you notice them). Some complaints are similar to those of a bladder infection – relatively harmless – and others clearly indicate a kidney infection. The latter can cause a lot of problems.

What is the cause of kidney infection?

The name already suggests it, right? If you have pelvic inflammatory disease, your kidney pelvis is inflamed — one or both of your kidneys. Bacteria are the culprit. They enter your bladder through the urethra, where they make their way through the ureters to the renal pelvis and kidneys. If it gets stuck there, it can cause inflammation.

Can you prevent kidney infection?

Let’s put it this way: it pays to drink enough water. If your bladder fills and empties regularly, the above bacteria will be eliminated on their own. This way they don’t have a chance to attach themselves to the wall of your bladder and start ulcerating there. And if they don’t do it there, they won’t do it in a more annoying place, like the kidney pelvis.

What are the symptoms of kidney infection?

Since infections of the renal pelvis and bladder overlap somewhat in terms of symptoms, we first address the complaints that indicate the most harmful symptom: cystitis. You may feel a burning sensation while urinating (which you probably have to do more often). Pay attention to the clarity and smell of urine. Is it cloudy and/or smells different than usual? Red flag! Moreover, bladder infections are often accompanied by pain in the back or lower abdomen. Specifically, a kidney infection is accompanied by some other symptoms, such as nausea, confusion, chills, and a high fever.

Is a kidney infection dangerous?

This can be the case, if you do not treat a kidney infection. Your kidneys can suffer permanent damage. The infection can also spread to the bloodstream, making it life-threatening. In the worst case, the severely affected kidney must be removed. But then you are really unlucky.

What treatment required for pelvic inflammatory disease?

The first step is to call your doctor and have it delivered in a jar of (morning) urine so it can be examined in a lab. You usually get results within a day. Does everything indicate inflammation in the kidneys? Then there will be another test and your urine will be cultured. From this it is possible to deduce the bacteria that throw the wrench in the works and the antibiotics that can shorten their action. Culture results can take a little longer: about a week. With the course, you should clear up the inflammation within five to seven days.


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