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Kidney Infection and Treatment

A kidney infection belongs to the urinary tract infection category(UTI) that begins either in the tube that carries urine from the body (urethra) or in the bladder. Kidney infection can easily travel from one kidney to another or to some of the part of the body as well in rare cases. The medical term for kidney infections is Pyelonephritis. An irreversible damage to your kidneys can be a possibility, if you don’t treat your kidney infections timely. Kidney infection and its treatment is pretty easy, provided you diagnose your symptoms early and treat the infections timely.

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A Brief Overview of Kidney Infection

A kidney infection, also known as pyelonephritis is a condition when bacteria or viruses enter your kidney cells and infect the kidney from within. Our urinary tract has:

  • Kidneys: A fist-sized shaped organ with the shape of a kidney bean, it filters the blood and removes the toxins from our blood.
  • Ureters: With one for each kidney, ureters have the job of carrying pee to your bladder.
  • Bladder: In simple words, it is the storage point of pee in your body.
  • Urethra: This tube-like organ has the job of carrying pee from your bladder out of the body.

If Bacteria or Virus invade any of these parts, you can get a UTI or a kidney infection. In most cases, your bladder gets infected first and this results in pain, however, the condition is not life-threatening. However, the situation turns for the worse if a whole army of bacteria or viruses enters your kidneys and infect them. In such cases, a timely treatment is vital so that you make a full recovery quickly. Dark, cloudy, or bloody and smelly pee, fever, a loss of appetite, an increased urge to urinate, pain while peeing, pain in the lower back, side, or groin, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms of a kidney infection.

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Causes of Kidney Infections

Apart from bacteria and viruses, a blockage in your urinary tract like kidney stones, enlarged prostate, nerve problems, infections, swelling, or a surgery may also be a cause of kidney infections, as these conditions make it difficult for you to fully empty your bladder. A differently shaped urinary tract, Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), nerve damage, a urinary catheter and a weak immune system can also contribute to kidney infections.

A point to note is that the urethras of female at birth are shorter than those of male. Therefore, the distance between the urethra and vagina or anus in females is shorter than males, making them more vulnerable to contracting kidney infections. Furthermore, the hormonal changes and the presence of a baby in the womb puts an additional pressure on a female’s bladder and ureters, which results in the slowing down of the urine-flow.

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However, treating kidney infections is quite easy. You have antibiotics and meds for kidney infection that are easily available. You have also have pretty effective ayurvedic meds for kidney infection that completely cure the infection. Some of the most widely used ayurvedic medicines for kidney infection are:

  • Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris): The diuretic nature of Gokshura promotes urination, thus keeping our kidneys healthy. In addition to this, its anti-inflammatory properties combat the bodily infections effectively.
  • Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa): A diuretic and anti-inflammatory herb, Punarnava plays a vital role in toning down the urea and creatinine levels in the blood. It helps in promoting good kidney health.
  • Varuna (Crataeva nurvala): This herb aids in the blood purification process and its diuretic properties help our kidneys in effectively flushing out toxins from the body.
  • Bangshil: Bangshil has long been used as a cure to Genito- urinary tract infection. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of this ayurvedic herb help in the treatment of mild prostatomegaly, urethritis, vaginitis, and pyelonephritis.

Though ayurvedic meds for kidney infection are safe, however, it is always a good idea to consult your healthcare provider beforehand.

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Apart from the herbs discussed above, incorporating lifestyle modifications in your life also plays a vital role in maintaining good kidney health. Some of the lifestyle changes to promote good kidney functions are:

  • The intake of spicy foods and caffeinated products should be reduced as much as possible, as they can irritate your bladder lining.
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water every day. Staying well-hydrated allows your kidneys to flush out the toxins from the body effectively.
  • Have fresh lemon juice, coconut water, cranberry juice, orange juice, sugarcane juice, and pineapple juice, as they have a positive impact on the functioning of your kidneys.
  • Eat seasonal fruits such as apples, grapes, peaches, berries, pomegranates, figs, and plums.
  • Probiotics such as curd and yogurt help in fighting with bacterial infections. They reduce your chances of contracting kidney infections significantly.
  • Eat a fiber-rich diet.
  • There are Yoga asanas that also promote healthy kidneys. Asanas such as Pranayama, Chair Pose, Triangle Pose (Trikonasana), Squat Pose (Malasana) etc. are particularly beneficial for kidney patients. However, consult your doctor before doing any pose as some of the poses could be difficult for a beginner.

Kidney infections can be a nuisance, however, with certain dietary changes, precautions and a healthy lifestyle, you can easily avoid contracting an infection. Eat healthy, take ample rest and avoid stress to avoid infections.

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Disclaimer: The purpose of the content on this page is to provide information and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have been diagnosed with a kidney infection or experience related symptoms, consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or routine changes. For appointments, call our 24×7 helpline: +91-9821929797 or visit www.karmaayurvedahospital.com.

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