What is Pyelonephritis?
Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection that happens when a bladder infection travels up the urinary tract into kidney(s). It is often a complication of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Signs and symptoms include painful urination, increased urge to urinate, increased frequency of urination, lower back or flank (side) pain, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes even fever.
Pyelonephritis can be treated as follows…
Some medication that can help
- Oral or intravenous antibiotics
- Pain and fever medication (such a ibuprofen)
- Pyridium (also known as Azo)
- Complete the entire course of the antibiotics you were prescribed. Taking a partial course can result in partial treatment of your infection!
See a doctor in person if…
- You have a fever
- You have shaking chills
- You vomit
Check in with K if…
- You’re not feeling better within 2-3 days. Just come back to K, and we’ll re-evaluate your treatment plan.
- Urinating after each sexual encounter can help prevent infections in the urinary tract
- Avoiding spermicide as birth control can help decrease infections in the urinary tract
- For diabetics, good control of blood sugar helps prevent infections in the urinary tract