The takeaway. Kidney infections can happen when bacteria enter your urinary tract and travel to your kidneys. This condition is serious and requires prompt medical attention. If you develop symptoms of a kidney infection, go to an urgent care center or a hospital as soon as you can.
Can urgent care tell if you have a kidney infection?
If you think you may have a UTI or kidney infection, visit your nearest GoHealth Urgent Care, where a team of healthcare professionals can help diagnose and treat your symptoms.
Is kidney pain an emergency?
Seek emergency care if you develop sudden, severe kidney pain, with or without blood in your urine.
Who should I see for kidney pain?
A kidney doctor is called a nephrologist. These physicians specialize in kidney infections, kidney diseases, and electrolyte imbalances.
How do you know if kidney pain is serious?
Kidney pain is felt higher and deeper in your body than back pain. You may feel it in the upper half of your back, not the lower part. Unlike back discomfort, it’s felt on one or both sides, usually under your rib cage.
You could have a serious kidney problem:
- Body aches.
When should I go to ER for kidney pain?
If you notice any of the following severe kidney infection symptoms, head to your nearest emergency room immediately: Pain in your back, side, or groin. Nausea or vomiting. High fever.
Does kidney pain get worse with movement?
Kidney pain is usually sharp if you have a kidney stone and a dull ache if you have an infection. Most often it will be constant. It won’t get worse with movement or go away by itself without treatment.
Can you have a kidney infection without a fever?
If you do not have a fever or flank pain, but you do have pain with urination, you may have a bladder infection rather than a kidney infection. Your healthcare provider can help to determine your diagnosis. (See “Patient education: Urinary tract infections in adolescents and adults (Beyond the Basics)”.)
When should I go to the ER for flank pain?
Call your health care provider if you have any of the following: Flank pain along with a high fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting. Blood (red or brown color) in the urine. Unexplained flank pain that continues.
When should I be worried about flank pain?
Call your provider if you have severe flank pain or it doesn’t get better in about a day. You should see your provider right away if you also have other symptoms, such as a fever or chills. These could be signs of a serious condition.
Is kidney pain worse at night?
Usually, people with kidney stones have more pain in the late night and early morning. This is due to the fact that people normally urinate less during the late night and early morning and at this time the ureter remains constricted. You should seek medical advice if you experience: sharp and persistent pain.
When should I get my kidneys checked?
They should be done at least once a year so that if you have early kidney disease, it can be treated right away. Early kidney disease can and should be treated to keep it from getting worse!
Does a urologist deal with kidneys?
Urologists treat conditions of the urinary tract, which includes the urethra, bladder and kidneys. However, urologists only treat particular conditions of the kidneys. They can perform surgery, remove cancerous cells, and eliminate kidney stones.
How can I check my kidneys at home?
One of the best ways to test for CKD and assess kidney damage is a simple urine test which detects the presence of albumin. The smartphone app from Healthy.io enables lay users to conduct a urinalysis test at home and securely share results with their clinicians.
What should I do if my kidneys hurt?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Apply heat. Place a heating pad on your abdomen, back or side to ease pain.
- Use pain medicine. For fever or discomfort, take a nonaspirin pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil, others).
- Stay hydrated.
How do you know if something is wrong with your kidneys?
If you feel the need to urinate more often, especially at night, this can be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidneys filters are damaged, it can cause an increase in the urge to urinate. Sometimes this can also be a sign of a urinary infection or enlarged prostate in men. You see blood in your urine.