Pyelonephritis, also known as a kidney infection, is the inflammation of the kidney due to a bacterial infection. The primary cause of pyelonephritis is an untreated urinary tract infection because of which bacteria travel to the kidney. Other than this, people who have kidney stones, diabetes, bladder tumor, or an obstruction in the urinary tract are more likely to be diagnosed with pyelonephritis than others.
The most common symptoms of pyelonephritis are painful urination, blood in the urine, cloudy and foul-smelling urine, high fever, and pain in the groin or abdomen area. These symptoms generally start within two days of the infection but begin to worsen if pyelonephritis is left untreated.
There are many ways in which the symptoms of pyelonephritis can be treated. Some of these involve making dietary changes while others involve taking medication. Regardless of which treatment option you chose, we recommend that you discuss it with your doctor first.
The most common treatment prescribed by doctors for pyelonephritis are antibiotics. These are usually prescribed even before the symptoms of pyelonephritis are noticeable. In uncomplicated and less severe cases of pyelonephritis, oral antibiotics (that can be taken by mouth) are given to alleviate symptoms such as fever and pain in urination. Your doctor will likely conduct laboratory tests and go through your medical history before prescribing antibiotics which is why it is advised that you avoid taking antibiotics on your own without a doctor’s prescription!
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