Bladder infections mostly precursors to kidney inflammation
Severe pain in the side of the abdomen and back, fever, chills, nausea and burning sensation when urinating - such symptoms are well known to those affected by kidney pelvic infections. This disease is often the result of a bladder infection and mainly affects women. Due to a shortened urethra, they suffer from bladder infections and are therefore twice as likely to contract kidney infections as men. So if you repeatedly suffer from cystitis, you should consider vaccination and pay particular attention to the first signs of inflammation of the kidney, which, unfortunately, is not always noticeable.
Inflammation of the renal pelvis due to fever or back pain is not seen in all affected people. Most of the time, however, the typical bladder inflammation symptoms such as burning when urinating and constant urge to urinate are expressed, because both diseases are closely related. “Sometimes an existing bladder infection develops into a kidney pelvic inflammation, as bacteria migrate into the kidney pelvis via the ureters. As the name suggests, this serves to collect and collect urine from the kidney, ”explains Dr. Reinhold Schaefer, urologist and managing director of the medical network Uro-GmbH North Rhine. Urologists find out what type of urinary tract infection is present by scanning the abdomen, taking blood and urine samples and establishing urine cultures for the precise determination of the pathogen. In addition, they examine affected organs using ultrasound. Depending on the diagnosis, urology specialists initiate therapies that differ despite a similar clinical picture. Instead of just a few days as with a bladder infection, those with renal pelvic inflammation often have to take antibiotics for up to several weeks, drink a lot and also need bed rest. If the symptoms persist, doctors give additional medication to reduce fever and pain.
"Acute kidney pelvic inflammation must be recognized and treated as quickly as possible so that it does not go into a chronic state and in the worst case lead to kidney failure," said Dr. Shepherd. For those affected, it is important not to take pain and fever lightly and to see a specialist immediately when the first signs appear. As a preventative measure, urologists recommend people with a tendency to frequent bladder infections to drink a lot, keep their abdomen and feet warm, and to go to the toilet immediately if they have to urinate and have sexual intercourse. In the meantime, there is also the option of getting vaccinated against bacteria, which often cause bladder infections. Vaccination only protects against some of the pathogens and therefore does not offer absolute protection. Especially menopausal women, who are often more prone to urinary tract infections due to a possible lack of estrogen, can get vaccination relief. Urologists vaccinate those affected, which most often cause bladder infections. Many experience a significant improvement afterwards. It is important to discuss this option with a urologist. (pm)