How to Treat a Kidney Infection

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A kidney infection comes from bacteria inside the kidney. Learn how to treat a kidney infection with the help of a practicing nephrologist in this free video.

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Hey guys, Dr. Sean Hashmi here with Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills. I'm a Practicing Nephrologist. Today, I wanted to talk to you about how to treat a kidney infection. So what is a kidney infection? It's basically bacteria that's starts off sometimes from the urinary tract comes into the bladder, goes up to the ureters and gets all the way up to the kidneys. So, it starts up with the urinary tract infection and again, can in turn into a kidney infection. So, how do we treat either one of those which the treatments are similar. Well, the first thing to do about urinary tract infection is don't let them happen. And how do you do that? An easy solution is drink more water. If urine sits around, it's going to get infected. So, drinking more water is going to ensure that you urinate. But, that second part of the statement is very important. You have to urinate more often. This is extremely important. So, just because you're drinking more water and you're holding your urine, you're not really helping yourself. So, you'll still get the infections going. Standing water will get infected. Another thing you can do is cranberry juice. Now, how does cranberry juice work for preventing infections? Well, cranberry juice prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls. By doing so, it can actually help to prevent urinary tract infections. There is some data to support that even when people have urinary tract infections, you can still use cranberry juice to help in the treatment. Now, there are two very important things you have to remember about kidney infections. We have a complicated kidney infection and an uncomplicated kidney infection. Complicated means there can be abscess in the kidney, there can be significant symptoms associated with it and when it's very severe, instead of giving you antibiotics by mouth, your doctor might actually have to admit you to the hospital and give you antibiotics intravenously. So, that's just something to keep in mind. But, if you have any burning, any frequency where you feel like you have to urinate a lot, if you have any fevers going on; if you feel like there's some blood that you see in the urine; if you see that you just don't feel right and this is especially true to people who are much older, they might not have classic symptoms, always have the urine checked. If the urine has a very foul odor to it, have it checked. The urinary tract infection which as simple as it is can become something very dangerous if not taken cared of. Oftentimes, we leave them alone because most infections do get better and they don't need treatment, but if it's significant; meaning you have any fevers and you, nausea, vomiting, a lot of pain going on or frequency, we will treat it. So, bottom line, drink more water, drink some cranberry juice, don't be afraid to see your doctor. This is Dr. Sean Hashmi talking about how to treat a kidney infection. Thank you so much for watching.

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