Can a kidney infection be prevented?

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You can prevent a kidney infection by following a few good practices. Drink lots of fluids, particularly water, so that bacteria can be washed away when you urinate. Make sure you urinate often and never hold it in if possible. Wipe yourself from front to back after urinating or defecating. This will help to prevent bacteria around your anus from traveling to your urethra. Steer clear of feminine douches and sprays. Finally, after sexual intercourse, urinate as soon as possible to kill any bacteria that may have found its way into your urethra.