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Kidney Infections

 

Kidney infections occur when bacteria or other infectious organisms enter the kidneys and cause infection. When this happens the kidney swells up and becomes inflamed, this disease can be extremely dangerous and should always be treated. If it is left untreated it could lead to permanent kidney damage or blood poisoning. The symptoms include:

Continuous pain that usually begins in the back above the waist and spreads down into the groin.
Bloody or cloudy urine
Severe nausea or vomiting
Rapidly rising fever
Frequent urge to urinate, even though the bladder is empty

Causes

Bacteria which reside in the large intestine usually causes kidney infection. The infection usually starts in the bladder and then spreads to the kidney. The use of a catheter can increase the risk of kidney infection. A urine and blood test may be performed by your doctor to determine if you have an infection as well as the cause.

Dietary Considerations

 

Until the infection is cured, try avoid foods that might irritate the urinary tract and put undue stress on the kidneys. Foods that you should avoid are alcohol, coffee, black tea, chocolate, salt, citrus fruits, vinegar, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, tomatoes, artificial sweeteners and sugar as these are all considered potential irritants.

Prevention

 

Most kidney infections begin in the bladder, so prevention should start with keeping bacteria out of the entire urinary tract. You should clean yourself thoroughly after using the toilet, women should wipe from front to back so as to avoid spreading the bacteria into the opening of the urethra. Urinate as soon as you feel the urge to and try empty the bladder completely. Drink plenty of fluids such as cranberry juice as researchers believe it has properties that help fight off urinary tract infections, cranberry tablets can also be taken. Don’t wear any synthetic underwear as it traps heat in the crutch area. Women should empty their bladder after intercourse so as to flush away any bacteria. If you use a diaphragm, make sure that it fits properly and that it is only left in for the required time and no longer. Avoid using bubble baths, scented soaps and vaginal deodorants.

When to seek further professional advice

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you notice blood in your urine.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

Most naturopaths will insist that you treat it with conventional medicine as kidney infections are to serious. If you still want to use alternative treatments in addition to conventional ones, you should make sure that you speak to your doctor about which supplements and herbs you are thinking of starting.

Traditional Treatment

As soon as you suspect that you have a kidney infection you should seek immediate medical treatment. If you delay, the infection can lead to serious complications. Antibiotics and bed rest is usually all that is needed to bring an acute kidney infection under control within forty-eight hours. You will also be told to drink plenty of filtered water, this help flush out the bacteria from your urinary tract. Hospitalization is very rare and it is usually to ensure that the patient gets enough fluids and antibiotics.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-23