How to Tell the Difference Between a Urinary Tract Infection and Kidney Infection


A urinary tract infection and a kidney infection are alike in some ways, but as a whole, the differences are very clear. In my article here, I am going to tell you how to distinquish between the two.

A urinary tract infection can be quite painful. It causes a lot of urgency, painful urination, and even bloody urine. If left untreated, this can become a kidney infection. You may or may not run a fever with a urinary tract infection.

A kidney infection also causes the same symptoms as does a urinary tract infection, except a few more symptoms. These symptoms are usually flank pain in the back, black charcoal colored urine, and nausea and vomiting.

Another thing about a kidney infection is that you will run a high temperature. Urination may also cease completely if not treated quickly. Therefore it is very important to have it treated fast.

Antibiotics are commonly given for a urinary tract infection and kidney infections. In the case of a kidney infection, hospital care may or may not be necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drink plenty of water with either type of urinary infection. Also drink cranberry juice which flushes bacteria.

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