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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t treat kidney infection?
Untreated infection can damage the kidneys and lead to long term problems. In rare cases, kidney infections can lead to kidney disease, high blood pressure, or kidney failure. If kidney infection spreads to the bloodstream it can cause a serious problem called sepsis.

Can the bacteria that cause kidney infections be resistant to antibiotics?
Yes, the bacteria can be resistant to some, but it not all antibiotics. Both urine and blood cultures are taken before starting medicine. These tests help the health care provider know which medicine would work best for your case.

What can I do to avoid this problem?
Women should wipe from the front to the back after having a bowel movement. This cleaning will help move bacteria away from the urethra opening. Urinating after sex may help to flush out bacteria in the urethra. Some forms of contraception may help (not including diaphragms or spermicidal foam).

What if I am pregnant?
Urinary tract infections (UTI) during pregnancy are dangerous for both mother and baby. These infections should be treated quickly. There are safe medicines to use during pregnancy to cure the infection.