Kidney infection refers to an infection in the urinary tract infections. Such infections usually begin in urethra or bladder and may travel up to any of your kidneys. You need immediate action to get away with a kidney infection or else it may sabotage kidney function to an extent. Kidney infection or infections in your urinary tract may completely damage kidney function leading to end-stage renal disease. Your doctor may suggest antibiotics to treat kidney infection, but kidney infection treatment in Ayurveda also works to subside the damage done to the kidneys and kill bacteria growth.
Well, signs do become apparent during kidney infection and may be similar to urine infection. When urine infection begins, it leads to painful urination and a burning sensation.
The signs of a kidney infection may alike be:
- Back, side (flank) or groin pain
- Abdominal pain
- Frequent urination
- Strong, persistent urge to urinate
- Burning sensation or pain when urinating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pus or blood in your urine (hematuria)
- Urine that smells bad or is cloudy
Consult your doctor when you have worrisome signs or symptoms. If you are being treated for a urinary tract infection, but there is no improvement with medication, you should consult an ayurvedic practitioner. He would suggest you with kidney infection treatment in Ayurveda. Kidney infection not treated with the mindful approach can lead to multiple complications in the later stages, and even end-stage renal disease. When your urine has a bloody and cloudy appearance, you should get your kidney function test done.
What causes infection in the kidneys?
Bacteria may enter the urinary tract through the urethra, a tube that carries urine outside. From there they may go up to one or both of your kidneys. Now, there can be multiple factors responsible for the bacteria to enter the urinary tract. If not, the bacteria may also enter the body from somewhere else and spread to your kidneys. Though such instances are very common, such as during artificial joint or heart-valve surgery. The valve may become infected and bacteria may reach the bloodstream.
Several risk factors linked to kidney infections are:
Being female: Since women urethra is shorter, it makes it easier for the bacteria to move from outside the body to the bladder. Once in the bladder, the bacteria may reach your kidneys and spread and multiply. It is also the nearness of the urethra to the vagina that creates favorable situations for bacteria to enter.
Blocked urinary tract: The reduced ability of the bladder to empty itself result in decreased urination which means urine buildup and bacterial growth. For instance, kidney stone, vesicoureteral reflux, enlarged prostate, etc contribute to the urinary blockage and urine backflow.
Faulty immune system: With the immune system being weakened, the body’s ability to fight against infections may also get reduced. Certain conditions such as HIV and diabetes or medications such as immunosuppressants also damage immunity.
Using a urine catheter: For some medical conditions, one needs to use a catheter tube to drain urine out. This is usually done after some medical procedures and diagnostic tests or if you are bed-ridden.
Damage to the nerves around the bladder: Nerve damage may block the sensation of the bladder infection and you may not be aware of the consequences leading to a kidney infection.
For the treatment of kidney infection in Ayurveda, you can meet us at Karma Ayurveda.