Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is a specific type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that generally begins in your bladder and travels up into your kidneys.
A kidney infection requires prompt medical attention. If not treated properly, a kidney infection can permanently damage your kidneys or the bacteria can spread to your bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. The symptoms include fever, abdominal and back pain, burning or pain during urination and potentially blood in your urine.
Antibiotics are the first line of treatment for kidney infections. Which drugs you use and for how long depend on your health condition and the bacteria found in your urine tests.
Usually, the signs and symptoms of a kidney infection begin to clear up within a few days of treatment. But you may need to continue antibiotics for a week or longer. Take the entire course of antibiotics recommended by your doctor to ensure that the infection is completely eliminated. For severe infections, hospitalization may be required.
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