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Kidney Infection Symptoms can be subtle, but dangerous.

Kidney Infection Symptoms

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Dr Lisa

Kidney Infection Symptoms

Kidney Infection Symptoms can be subtle, but dangerous.

There are several forms of urinary tract infections (UTI). They are divided into upper and lower urinary tract infections. In upper urinary tract infection, the kidney is the most important structure which is involved. It is often known as pyelonephritis. Lower urinary tract infection involves urethra and urinary bladder. There are several symptoms which can differentiate among the two viz. upper and lower urinary tract infections. Being an infectious disease, urinary tract infection presents with signs and symptoms of infection and inflammation. Look for the signs of kidney infection symptoms.


Pyelonephritis is an infectious (usually bacterial) and inflammatory disease of the kidneys. Typically, the disease affects only one kidney. It occurs in acute or chronic form. Pyelonephritis is more common in women than men. Furthermore, elderly men more often suffer from this disease.

Pyelonephritis in women typically begins after cystitis (inflammation and infection of urinary bladder) and ascending towards kidney resulting into pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis in men is often a complication of urological diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, any mass obstructing the flow of urine, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), kidney stones etc.

Causes of pyelonephritis

Kidney infection is usually caused by bacteria, most common being Escherichia coli (E.coli). The bacteria enter the urethra and travel up the urinary tract. Once in one or both channels connecting the bladder and kidneys (ureters), bacteria reach the kidney and contribute towards the development of the disease. Women are more exposed to the risk partly due to the fact that their urethra is located closer to the anus (where bacteria from the intestines leave the body). This simplifies the way the bacteria enter into the urethra. Sometimes kidney infection can occur without infection of the bladder. For example, if the ureter or kidney outflow is blocked by a stone.

Symptoms of pyelonephritis

Symptoms of acute kidney infection (Upper Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms) often develop rapidly over several hours or days: • High temperature (over 38 ° C) • Swelling of the face • Tremors • Pain in the lower back (maybe on one side only) • Feeling of being sick (nausea) • vomiting About one-third of the patients with an acute kidney infection also have the symptoms of bladder infection (Lower Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms) as well.

These symptoms may also be present when isolated lower urinary tract infection is seen e.g. infection of urethra, urinary bladder, prostate etc. These symptoms may include: • Burning sensation while urinating • The need to urinate more often than usual • Muddy, dark urine • Sharp unpleasant smell of urine • Blood in the urine These symptoms may be caused by other problems as well. So, if you have any of these symptoms, consult a doctor. If you are searching for a way to tell others about your kidney failure, you may be interested in a Live Kidney Donation.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Chronic Kidney Disease and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

The Charles and Jennie Machado FoundationThe Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation is helping people affected by chronic kidney disease.

Recent studies have shown that More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease or or Symptoms of Kidney Infection, and this statistics increases yearly. This serves to isolate us from the personal stories and heartache that this silent disease brings. Many people have asked why we are doing this? Sure, our own son, Michael Machado, entered ESRK, end-stage renal disease, but he was fortunate to have three matching donors. So why continue an effort when this family is intact?

We at The Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation help to put a smile on the faces of those who are victims of kidney diseases, especially those in the end stage of renal disease because that is our mission and the thing that bothers us most is the look on a kidney patients faces as they sit in a chair, blood pulled from their body, artificially cleaned, and returned. Each one of these people has the same vacant stare-glassy eyes, hopelessness and despair enveloping them.

Many have given up on life itself and the joy of being with their loved ones. These people are members of our family, our community. They are uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and also children. Our job is to educate these people, so that they become familiar with the aspects of Doctor’s & Kidney Failure and how much of our normal day to day activities that we take for granted when it comes to eating and drinking.

We created Charles And Jennie Machado Foundation to help pass along the words of hope and faith to those with this disease and also to ask for the help of good samaritans who will be willing to help through online donation for the purpose of organ procurement and online donations.

Signs of Kidney Failure

Signs of Kidney Failure and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Signs of Kidney Failure and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Signs of Kidney FailureOften people never have symptoms or signs of kidney failure. In the case of my son, Michael, he was sky-diving the week before he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Sky-Diving!

When quizzed about his general health and how he was feeling, he responded that except for feeling tired and a little itchy, he thought he was all right-healthwise. This is a pretty common response from many patients about ready to change the course of their life forever. Most of the signs of kidney failure and Kidney Infection Symptoms are very subtle. In Michael’s case, his creatinine when he was diagnosed was at 20. Normal levels for healthy people are at .08-1.1.

Kidneys are a good set of organs to have, so it turns out. They are the organs that help filter waste products from the blood, regulate various hormones and blood pressure and manage phosphorus and potassium. If you suspect that you are having issues with your kidneys, you should seek immediate medical care. Below are a few conditions that may alert you to Chronic Kidney Disease.

Signs of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products in the body are given below:

  1. Weight loss and poor appetite
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Swollen ankles, feet or hands
  4. blood or protein in your urine
  5. Increased need to urinate, particularly at night
  6. itchy skin  and muscle cramps
  7. High blood pressure
  8. Erectile dysfunction in men
Michael Machado

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My FamilyKidney Disease and My Family was life altering. Looking back, renal failure was much harder than I led others to believe. Not only for me, but for my family, especially.

I was 24 years old and never sick. Never. Suddenly, my life turned on a dime and everybody had to follow because that’s the way we do it in my family. Even my girlfriend left her old life behind.

Amanda quit her job to take care of me, my dad put work on hold so he could cook and prepare the challenging meals that dialysis requires, and my mom juggled the pressures of work while still attending my countless doctors appointments.

They watched me slowly deteriorate. I lost 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. My hair fell out and an uncontrollable rash slowly engulfed my entire body. It’s hard for any family member to watch a loved one go through something tragic, but without my family, I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.


I remember my mom and dad and the look on their faces. They were in shock and what was supposed to be the waning years of their lives suddenly turned into the most dynamic.

Not only did they push through the kidney transplant process to a near record of 182 days, but they used their own resources and started a non-profit organization so they could help other people to also get a kidney transplant.

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family was also hard because we didn’t know anything about kidneys. But each and everyone came through. They were my foundation and structure when I started to become discouraged and lose hope. I can’t even begin to express how fortunate I am to have been blessed with such a great support system. 

Now, we are invested so deeply in the kidney world that we are helping others. Why can’t we get donors and kidney patients together? As a family, we are tackling this challenge. That’s the way we do it in my family!

Without my family, I am not sure I could have made it. Thank you to all the caregivers for everything you do for others. You make the difference in this world.

Michael Machado