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Kidney Infection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a kidney infection?

A kidney infection, or pyelonephritis, is a bacterial infection. The infection usually starts in your bladder or urethra and moves into your kidney. One or both kidneys may be infected.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder

What increases my risk for a kidney infection?

What are the signs and symptoms of a kidney infection?

How is a kidney infection diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and if you have other health conditions. Blood and urine tests will show infection. An ultrasound may be done to show an infection, abscess, or other problems in your kidneys.

How is a kidney infection treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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