A kidney infection can be very serious if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Delaying treatment can lead to kidney failure and possible death. The cause of your kidney infection may be due to a structural malformation or kidney stones, making you a candidate for surgery, which can be equally serious. Bacteria can get into your bloodstream causing a whole-body infection known as sepsis.
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Is a kidney infection serious?
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Is a kidney infection contagious?
A kidney infection is not contagious, in that you could catch it by being near someone or touching them. However, the bacteria can be given to an older person via a nurse or caregiver not performing proper hand washing. It might be spread from one patient in a hospital to another patient by the same route. A nurse or doctor may not use proper sterile technique while inserting a urinary catheter. This is especially dangerous around a patient with a weakened immune system.
How can my family and I cope with kidney failure?
National Kidney Foundation answeredYou and your family may have difficulty accepting the changes in your lives caused by kidney failure, which can be a lot to handle. You may have feelings of frustration, guilt, denial, anger and depression. You and your family may find it helpful to share your questions and concerns with each other and with people who are willing to offer support. These can include close friends and members of the healthcare team. The social worker at your dialysis center is trained to provide counseling to help you make the transition to dialysis or transplantation.
Some of the biggest adjustments are:
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- getting used to a new routine with peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis
- following your diet and nutrition plan
- taking all your medications exactly as ordered by your doctor (including anti-rejection medications if you have a transplant)
- continuing with your work, studies, family commitments and hobbies