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Warning signs of having Kidney infection

Renal Sciences | Posted on 08/05/2022 by Dr. Ashwini Sharma

Kidney infection is basically a type of urinary tract infection or UTI that may be caused due to various reasons. The kidney is basically a bean-shaped organ present in pairs that play a vital role in the human body. If both the pair of kidneys stop working, it creates life-threatening conditions and a person may require a kidney transplant in order to live a healthy life. According to various experts, a kidney infection may begin in the urinary tube which is known as the urethra or in the bladder. From there the infection spread to other parts of the urinary system as well; this also affects the functioning of the Kidneys put a lot of pressure on the Kidneys and obstructs their function that might lead to water retention that one can notice in the form of swelling in ankles, feet, etc. If a kidney infection is left untreated it might cause kidney damage and spread to the bloodstream causing a severe infection that might be catastrophic. Usually, the expert urologist initially uses medications such as antibiotics in order to treat the infection but the actual cost of treatment depends upon the condition, requirement, and severity of the patient.

Warning signs of a kidney infection:

Noticing the initial warning signs in case of urinary infection is necessary as early detection can help in providing better treatment opportunities and prevent severe infection that could be life-threatening. Some of the warning signs of kidney infection may be as follows:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation in the urinary area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood or pus in the blood
  • Pain in the groin area
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain while urinating
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Inability to empty the bladder
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Pain in the back and sides
  • Odour in urine
  • Dark or cloudy urine
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion


Kidney infection is usually caused due to bacteria or viral infection; in this usually, the bacteria the virus enters the urethra and reproduces in the bladder which triggers an infection that spreads to the other parts. In most cases the infection is mild and usually, the immune system of the body fights the infection but when the infection becomes severe in such cases it starts to show several symptoms. One should notice these symptoms as ignorance might lead the infection to the bloodstream which would be very dangerous. Extreme infection can also damage kidneys and affected function to a great extent. Some of the causes and risk factors of a kidney infection might include:

  • Transfer of bowel to genitals during sexual intercourse
  • Contracting UTI
  • Transfer of feces to urethra accidentally
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Weak immune system
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Vesicoureteral reflux (urine flow backward to the ureter)
  • Enlarged prostate in males
  • Kidney stones
  • Having a urinary catheter increases the risk of UTI
  • The shape of the urinary tract

Rukmani Birla Hospital is one of the best kidney transplant hospitals in Jaipur that is backed up with advanced equipment and machines. If you are suffering from a kidney infection or have any other query regarding urology and you are looking for a kidney specialist in Jaipur then contact RBH for expert assistance, treatment, and care.