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Symptoms

A kidney infection is a type of urinary tract infection that affects the kidneys.

The main symptoms of a kidney infection are pain in your back or side, feeling sick, shivering and a high temperature.

Kidney infections can be treated with antibiotics from a GP. They need to be treated quickly to reduce the risk of further problems.

Most kidney infections are caused by a bladder infection spreading to your kidneys.

Things you can do that may help prevent kidney infections include staying well hydrated and going for a pee after having sex.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of a kidney infection are pain in your back or side, feeling sick, shivering and a high temperature.

Symptoms of kidney infection

Symptoms of a kidney infection often come on within a few hours.

You can feel feverish, shivery, sick and have a pain in your back or side.

In addition to feeling unwell like this, you may also have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as cystitis.

These include:

Read more on the NHS website.

Kidney infections can be treated with antibiotics from a GP. They need to be treated quickly to reduce the risk of further problems.

Medical treatments

Most kidney infections need prompt treatment with antibiotics to stop the infection damaging the kidneys or spreading to the bloodstream.

You may also need painkillers.

If you're especially vulnerable to the effects of an infection (for example, if you have a long-term health condition or are pregnant), you may be admitted to hospital and treated with antibiotics through a drip.

After taking antibiotics, you should feel completely better after about 2 weeks.

Read more on the NHS website.

Things you can do that may help prevent kidney infections include staying well hydrated and going for a pee after having sex.

Read more on the NHS website.

Most kidney infections are caused by a bladder infection spreading to your kidneys.

Read more on the NHS website.