There is a lot of crossover between symptoms of bladder infections and kidney infections such as:
Bladder infections are much more common than kidney infections. This is due to the bladder’s positioning, being closer to an opening of the body (the urethra) where bacteria and fungi can find their way in. Though highly distressing, they do not pose much danger.
Kidney infections (pyelonephritis) are much less common and often caused by an unresolved bladder infection that has moved through the ureter to the kidney. They can also be caused through an infection travelling through the blood stream through an infection in another part of the body or post-surgery on the kidney and sometimes exist without the usual bladder infection symptoms.
Some factors can increase the risk of developing a kidney infection:
In comparison to a bladder infection, a kidney infection is much more dangerous to your overall health. An untreated kidney infection can cause permanent damage and scarring to the kidney. There are risks that the infection can spread to the bloodstream causing risk to life (septicaemia). There are also risks in pregnancy such as premature birth or pre-eclampsia. For this reason, it is essential to seek medical advice urgently.
Your doctor may ask for a urine sample to test for blood, pus or bacteria and a blood culture to test for bacteria to identify a kidney infection.
It is essential to treat a kidney infection early to prevent it from spreading and causing further damage to the urinary system.
Since most kidney infections occur as a result of bladder infections and the most common bacterial culprit is E-coli (70%), antibiotics and the complications of these can be avoided with a natural treatment such as D-Mannose which attaches to the E-Coli and flushes it out of the system leading to fast relief from symptoms. Where you are prone to infections, it can be used as a preventative.
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