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Can Urinary Tract Infection Cause Renal Failure

2012-12-09 17:05

Kidneys are important to your survival. They can filter wastes and excess fluids from blood as well as maintain the balance of electrolytes. However, renal failure can occur due to a number of reasons in which kidneys can stop functioning. Urinary tract infection is one of reasons for renal failure.

Urinary tract system is composed of kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra. When any part of the urinary tract system is inflamed or irritated, it will lead to urinary tract infection. Kidney infections or Pyelonephritis are the worst types of urinary tract infections and usually require more treatment.

How does urinary tract infection lead to renal failure?

Generally speaking, urinary tract infection does not cause much harm and it can be controlled easily. However, if left untreated, it can develop into Pyelonephritis. This condition can cause inflammation and scarring of kidneys, thus leading to permanent kidney damage. When kidneys fail to function, dialysis or kidney transplant will have to be required.

How to prevent urinary tract infection from developing into Kidney Failure?

The best way to prevent urinary tract infection from developing into renal failure is to control infection effectively and timely. Antibiotics are first-line options for controlling infection. Drinking more water can help eliminate bacteria inhibiting urinary system to some extent.

Additionally, you should prevent urinary tract. This is the best way to prevent kidney failure from an untreated urinary tract infection. In your daily life, you should never hold urine. Also, you should keep your genitals clean and dry. Drinking more water can help sweep bacteria in urinary tract by urinating.

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