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What are Treatment Options for Kidney Infection?

Kidney infections are treated with antibiotics. This medicine is offered as a pill to be taken at home. If the infection is very bad, or if the patient is vomiting, then you may need to go to a hospital to get antibiotics in your vein (IV). To heal the infection and stop it from returning, it is common to get two or more weeks of antibiotics.

After treatment, urine cultures are used to make sure the infection doesn’t return. If it does, two more weeks of medicine is offered. If it happens again, up to 6 weeks of medicine may be used.

Surgery may be needed if a block in the urinary tract or a birth defect is found.