Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Q Does a kidney infection affect children differently than adults?
Infants and toddlers are commonly affected with kidney infections. The symptoms are milder, causing diagnosis to be more difficult. While a toddler may complain of burning and painful urination, fever might be the only symptom of an infant. Most infant... Full Answer
- Q What are the complications of a kidney infection?
You may need to be hospitalized and given antibiotics intravenously if your kidney infection is severe. Your infection might be resistant to the usual antibiotics delaying treatment and leaving you susceptible to kidney damage or failure. Septicemia, a... Full Answer
- Q How does a kidney infection affect women differently than men?
Because the female urethra is shorter than the male urethra, a kidney infection is much more likely to occur in a woman. Women are also at risk because their urethra is located very close to the anus where bacteria that can cause kidney infections... Full Answer
- Q What is the duration of a kidney infection?
Duration of a kidney infection can vary depending on several factors. If caught and treated early, the symptoms of a typical kidney infection can subside within a few days. However, if medication is not properly taken, your immune system is weakened by... Full Answer
- Q How does a kidney infection affect pregnancy?
A pregnant woman who has a kidney infection may give birth to a baby with low weight. Certain antibiotics should not be used by women who are pregnant. You will need to discuss other options with your doctor if you develop a kidney infection while... Full Answer
- Q Do kidney infections run in families?
Kidney infections aren't hereditary, but family can play a role. A mother who passes on the AIDS virus to her child is putting that child at risk for possible kidney infections. If diabetes or cancer runs in the family, your offspring may be more... Full Answer
- Q What causes a kidney infection?
Escherichia coli, commonly called E-coli are the major cause of a kidney infection. This bacterium, which is usually found in the large intestines where it works with your body to aid in digestion, commonly ends up in the urethra where it multiplies... Full Answer
- Q 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... Full Answer
- Q Is a kidney infection serious?
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... Full Answer