How do you treat kidney infection?
When you ask me, “What is the treatment of a kidney infection?” We’ve got to get this right here. Are we talking about an infection in the kidney itself, which is actually quite serious, it’s called pyelonephritis or a bladder infection, which is called cystitis? Let’s start with cystitis ’cause it’s far more common and it’s more common in women than men because it’s easier for organisms to get into the bladder in women than men particularly after sexual intercourse. And women described this as having to pass razorblades. Incredibly painful condition.
And it’s over-treated with antibiotics in Australia. So more fluids probably neutralise the acid there with one of these alkalizing agents. And then there’s an antibiotic called trimethoprim, which is a basic antibiotic. It’s not fancy. And you take one tablet a day for I think, five or seven days. And that’s the recognised treatment for cystitis, not some fancy new, powerful antibiotic.
If the infection is in your kidney, you need to be investigated properly. And that needs to be treated very seriously indeed and very careful consideration given to antibiotics.
Dr Norman Swan, Physician and Journalist
Last Reviewed: 14/09/2020
Cystitis: bladder infection
Cystitis is usually a mild illness that can be treated with antibiotics. There are steps you can take to help prevent cystitis if you have had problems with bladder infections in the past.
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infection occurs when part of the urinary tract becomes infected. UTIs are usually caused by bacteria and generally clear up with a course of antibiotics.
Cystitis is an infection of the urinary tract which causes the bladder to become inflamed. Find out what products are available for cystitis.
Urinary tract infections in children
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are relatively common in children and can sometimes be caused by your child’s bladder not emptying properly or structural problems of the kidneys or bladder.
Kidneys and how they work
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that sit on either side of your spine, just below your rib cage. They are about the size of an adult fist. Their main role is to filter waste products from your body.