A kidney infection, or pyelonephritis, is a type of urinary tract infection. This infection usually begins in your bladder and spreads to the kidneys as bacteria or viruses travel up the ureters to your kidneys. This infection can be painful and is responsible for around 100,000 hospital visits each year. However, once diagnosed, kidney infections respond well to treatment with antibiotics. If you suspect you may have a kidney infection, watch for these 12 signs and symptoms.
12. Frequent Urination
One of the earliest signs of a kidney infection is a frequent desire to pee. If you find yourself running to the restroom more often than usual, it may be due to the irritation caused by infection. Along with frequent urination can come the desire to urinate, even when the bladder is empty. Women are more likely than men to suffer from kidney infections. Since a woman’s urethra is relatively short, it is easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder.
11. Difficulty Emptying the Bladder
Another sign of kidney infection is a strong need to pee accompanied by an inability to completely empty your bladder. Urinary blockage can be caused by urinary tract stones, constipation, an enlarged prostate in men, or a weakened bladder. When the bladder is not able to expel all of the urine, that urine can collect bacteria. This leads to an infection. Since men are generally less prone to urinary tract infections, a man who has frequent infections should have his prostate checked as well as his kidneys.