How do I get rid of a kidney infection? When is a kidney infection serious? When should I see a doctor?
Kidney infections usually start out as urinary tract infections or bladder infections that then spread to the kidneys. Once the infection has made it to the kidneys, it is instantly a serious medical situation that needs immediate attention. To get rid of your kidney infection, follow these steps:
Drink Plenty of Water
You'll want to drink as much water as you can, even if that seems counter-intuitive. It hurts when you urinate, so why would you want to make yourself urinate more? You need to flush out the bacteria causing the infection that is rapidly multiplying in your urethra, bladder and kidneys. Water is the best flushing medium for this situation. Down a huge glass of water as soon as you suspect you have a kidney infection.
Get to the Doctor's Office
If this happens in the middle of the night, go to the Emergency Room or to an Urgent Care office right away. Drink more water on your way. You need to get tested for a kidney infection right away and get on antibiotics. Kidney infections can cause kidney failure or a more serious infection of the bloodstream if not treated right away. Take the full course of antibiotics prescribed; do not stop just because you start to feel better.
Once you get your antibiotics, you need to rest so your body can heal itself. Take a day or two off of work and rest in bed.
You'll probably still be in pain for a day or two, so try using a heating pad on your back or flanks to ease the pain of the infection.
Take an Analgesic
You'll want to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to control the fever and to relieve the pain.
Drink More Water
You'll want to keep flushing your system for those first few days on antibiotics. Avoid drinking soft drinks with caffeine, coffee or citrus drinks, as they can irritate your urethra.
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