Changes in Urine or Urination
The most characteristic of kidney infection symptoms are those that deal with changes in a person’s urine or how frequently the person urinates. People with kidney infections usually need to urinate far more often than usual but can only produce a very small amount. Even after urinating, the person may still feel a pressing need to urinate. The person experiences burning or stinging pains when urinating, as if the urine has suddenly turned into molten lava.
In one way, this sensation is right. A person with a kidney infection no longer produces normal urine. The urine is much more concentrated, often mixed with blood, pus and clouds of irritating bacteria. Urine may look cloudy or much darker than usual. Urine may also emit an incredibly unpleasant, strong odor. Bloody urine is about the worst of kidney infection symptoms and needs immediate medical treatment.
The good news about a kidney infection is that it can often be cured with a round of antibiotics. Even patients that experience severe symptoms like constant vomiting or bloody urine can often recover with antibiotics and fluids given intravenously. In extreme situations, surgery may be necessary to remove any pus-filled abscesses inside of the kidneys.
The bad news is that if a patient delays going to the doctor or urologist for treatment, the resulting delay can be fatal. Since the kidneys can no longer filter blood properly, the blood can become infected with the invading bacteria.
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