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A kidney infection is when bacteria has entered one or both of the kidneys, most likely from the urinary tract or bladder. Generally, the bacteria E. coli which typically live in your bowel where they're harmless. However, if the bacteria gets transferred from your behind to your urethra during sex or after using the bathroom, you can end up with a kidney infection. The symptoms of a kidney infection include fever and chills, a feeling of fatigue, loss of appetite, lower back or groin pain, upset stomach, and blood in your urine. The entire urinary system is sensitive to germs and bacteria, which can ultimately lead to infection. There are many causes of a kidney infection.

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1. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

The urinary system is made up of the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters and the urethra. This group of organs filters out excess fluid and other waste products from the bloodstream which creates urine. The urine is excreted via the kidneys and is collected by the bladder and excreted by the urethra. A urinary tract infection occurs when germs and bacteria get inside the urinary system. This bacteria manifests and grows and causing redness, swelling and may cause a burning sensation when you urinate. Urinary tract infections can also be a source of acute pain in the abdomen. You may find that you need to go to the bathroom more frequently than usual or have trouble expelling urine at all. If you neglect to treat the infection, the bacteria may travel up to the kidneys and harm these vital organs. It's important to treat a urinary tract infection when you first notice any symptoms. Don't allow the bacteria a chance to spread. It can potentially damage your kidneys and cause life-threatening illness.

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