What Is Pyelonephritis?

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You’ve just sat down on the toilet and felt your least favorite sensation in the world: burning urination. Is it another UTI, or something worse? Should you ignore it and hope it goes away?

Pyelonephritis is simply the medical term for a kidney infection. Symptom-wise, it’s similar to a bladder infection or an ordinary UTI, but it can lead to much more serious effects. A severe infection can be life-threatening if it goes untreated. Read on to discover symptoms and treatment options for a kidney infection.

1. What Are the Symptoms of Pyelonephritis?

Kidney infections are similar to UTIs in that they can present with burning urination and a strong urge to urinate even if your bladder is not full. If you have these symptoms and have not at least been tested for a UTI, consider getting a home test kit or calling your doctor now.

Pyelonephritis, like other infections, can include a fever, chills, and nausea. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for blood in your urine, foul-smelling urine, and pain in your back, flank (your mid-back, where your kidneys are located), or groin.


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