What can you take for a kidney infection?

If you’ve ever had a kidney infection, you know it’s not exactly the ‘bee’s knees’. It’s more like the ‘bee sting’ of infections. And if you haven’t had one – congratulations! But don’t feel too comfortable because chances are, before long, your renal organs will be screaming in terror and pain. Okay, that might be an exaggeration but trust me when I say: it is really unpleasant.

So what do we do? Do we sit around moping and waiting for our kidneys to heal themselves? Of course not! We roll up our sleeves (or pant legs), put on our big-kid pants (or skirt) and start finding solutions!

Symptoms of Kidney Infections

But first things first. How can you tell if you have a kidney infection or just some gas following yesterday’s taco night?

Typically,kidney infections come with several specific symptoms:

  • Lower back pain
  • Painful urination
  • Blood present in urine
  • Fatigue
  • Fever/rigors/chills

Of course there are other possible causes for these symptoms too so always make sure to consult your physician as well.

Why Should You Treat It Immediately?

This may go without saying but let’s face it – many people choose to ignore their illnesses / conditions until they get much worse such as hypochondriac tendencies lol). With UTI’s however early detection = early treatment which is critical when tackling any bacterial/fungal/parasitic/viral opportunities your body provides.

Ignoring the infection could lead to severe issues like sepsis where bacteria starts leaking into bloodstreams from bladder/kidneys resulting in life threatening circulation problems & even organ failure.’.
That being said check out the different kinds of medication & treatments available below along with dosage information.

Antibiotics are the Dr.Eggman to bacterial Alex Kidd/Mario/Pacman. They take on all kinds of bacteria and hopefully wiping them out entirely from your system like a bad memory after binge eating leftover pizza at 2am.

First Line of Defense: Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)

All hail the mighty trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)! It is such a popular choice among medical professionals because it’s effective for infections caused by gram-negative & positive bacteria even skin issues caused by staphylococci/streptococci.
Typically, physicians prescribe this antibiotic in the form of tablets or capsules with dosages ranging between 160mg-800mg depending on age, weight or any co-morbidities..
The best part? Patients give it two thumbs up when it comes to tolerability.

If Bactrim Fails..

If an infection shows no response to treatment involving trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole then your physician may consider something stronger like fluoroquinolones – medications that help treat bacterial infections effectively.

Examples include:

  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Levofloxacin
  • Ofloxacin

I know how some folks may prefer natural remedies here so below mentioned herbs/spices can be used which reduce inflammation & prevent bacteria growth:

Herb/Spice Health Benefits
Horsetail extract Reduces swelling & helps urinary flow
Cranberry juice/capsules Helps flush out infection causing chemicals

Of course these are just examples and not prescriptions but could be worth checking with your doc if you feel drawn towards alternatives.

Antibiotics can take a few days to kick in and during this period, symptoms could still persist. Fortunately though there are medications that offer great relief for such issues.
Below is an example:

Pain Relief: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

What’s the best way to deal with all the unnecessary noise made by pain receptors screaming about how bad it hurts? Isolate & destroy! Moderation of these receptors through acetaminophen simply reduces such signals thus taking overall “beating” less painful.

If used responsibly acetaminophen works like magic on reducing infection induced fever, headaches, muscle cramps etc.

Kidney infections aren’t a joyride obviously but if you catch them early and consult your physician as necessary they will be more easily managed.
I really hope after reading this article you gained some additional knowledge on different treatment options which can help restore normalcy; but seriously people.. watch out for UTI’s!

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