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If its a kidney infection, then there is usually a burning pain when urinating along with fever and chills. This is much more serious and demands an immediate visit to the doctor. If a serious kidney infection is left unchecked, the kidneys can start to fail and this can lead to a dangerous blood toxicity and even death. Usually if caught early, a kidney infection can be well treated with antibiotics with no further complications -at least in the kidneys.
There are two different ways that the kidneys can become infected. Bacteria from outside the body travels inside the urethra and into the bladder and up the ureter to the kidney that causes an infection. The other way is from an already present infection in one of the nearby organs in the body that spreads to the kidney. In the first way, bacteria can bypass the bladder and spread directly to the kidney or bacteria can infect the bladder and then by the neglect of this infection spread up the ureter to the kidney.
By this time a person can become very sick and likely needs to visit their doctor for a round of antibiotics. Taking all of the prescribed antibiotics will usually kill the bacteria and infection and heal the sick urinary tract. The problem arises when the antibiotic works a little too well. Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria that keep in check the Candida fungus that normally lives in the vaginal tract. When that happens this causes an overgrowth in Candida fungus which translates into a yeast infection.
There are several medications on the market that kill fungus, over the counter and prescribed. Monistat is one such medicine. Coconut oil is a home remedy that can help with yeast infections. Not only is this natural oil naturally soothing to the burning and itching that's typical of yeast infections, coconut oil has built-in antifungal properties that help kill yeast. Virgin coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid. This nutrient provides a boost to the immune system, thereby helping to fight yeast infections.
It has also been recommended by doctors to eat two servings a day of yogurt during and after taking antibiotics to prevent a yeast infection. This is because yogurt is rich in live cultures that kill fungi. These live cultures are basically good bacteria. It has also been recommended that you avoid drinking beer and eating too much sugar while taking antibiotics. Beer is made with yeast and yeast feeds on sugar.
You can prevent a bladder infection by keeping the area around the entrance of the urethra clean and free of bacteria as much as possible. Always empty the bladder after sexual activity and wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. Try not to wear tight fitting clothing and wear cotton underwear. They absorb moisture better than their silk counterparts. Another word of advice is to skip the douch. Douching removes healthy bacteria that naturally lines the vagina preventing infection.
Drinking lots of clean, spring water and drinking cranberry juice is an excellent preventative measure for kidney and bladder infections. Cranberry juice is a natural antiseptic and urinary tract cleanser. Lemon juice is another great urinary tract cleanser. Lemon juice cleans and flushes out the tiny glomerular fibers in the nephron section of the kidney. This can help keep the kidneys healthy and working well so they keep doing their job of filtering and cleaning the blood in your body.