Signs and Symptoms of a Kidney Infection

A nasty and uncomfortable kidney infection results when bacteria enter via the bladder and ascend to invade one or both kidneys. A kidney infection, medically known as pyelonephritis, won’t cause serious kidney damage if treated early.

Here are the 11 most telling signs that you’ve fallen victim to a kidney infection…

1. Kidney Pain

Pain and discomfort on the side of the affected kidney is common with a kidney infection. You may also feel a dull pain in your lower back as well as in the genital area. Obviously, every patient with a kidney infection feels different degrees of pain (in fact, some have zero pain) and different symptoms.

However, severe pain is common with a kidney infection with many patients complaining of radiating pain in their sides and backs, just below the ribs where the kidneys sit. Many also complain of pain that moves about or travels from the lower abdomen into the back, even in the groin. Typically, the pain is radiating, which means it fluctuates in waves of sharp pain followed by throbbing pain and tenderness.

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Emily Lockhart is a weight loss expert who specializes in healthy living. She is dedicated to providing health-conscious individuals with the information they need to make great lifestyle choices that will make them look and feel better. In her spare time, Emily teaches Pilates at a local studio and enjoys activities like hiking, rowing and biking.

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