How to Prevent Kidney Infection

By Gwynita Leggington

A kidney infection (also known as pyelonephritis) occurs when a person has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and the bacteria spreads from the bladder or urethra to the kidneys. Kidney infections are normally painful and unpleasant and they may cause discomfort in the lower back and sides. If left untreated, a kidney infection can lead to serious medical complications such as kidney failure or blood poisoning. That is why it is so important that you avoid getting a kidney infection. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to prevent kidney infection.

Visit your doctor if you think you have a urinary tract infection. You should immediately see your doctor or healthcare provider if you have signs of a urinary tract infection. Early detection of a UTI helps to prevent kidney infection. The most common signs of a UTI includes burning during urination, cloudy and strong smelling urine, itching, frequent urination and blood in the urine.

Drink plenty of water everyday. In order to prevent kidney infection, the first thing that you should do is drink more water. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking plenty of water makes you urinate more often and this helps to keep your urinary tract system clean by flushing out the bacteria from your body.

Add cranberry juice to your diet. Cranberry juice works well at preventing urinary tract infections. Try drinking the diet cranberry juice (with no sugar). You may also choose to purchase over-the-counter cranberry tablets instead. You can get these tablets at practically any grocery store, pharmacy or local drug store.

Urinate as often as possible. As you drink more fluids, you may need to urinate more often. This is good because urinating removes bacteria from the urinary tract. Be sure to urinate as soon as you feel the urge to go and avoid holding your urine for long periods of time.

Keep your private areas clean. It is important to gently wash and clean the genital areas everyday with a mild soap and water. This removes unwanted bacteria in those areas and therefore, reduces your chances of getting a urinary tract infection. However, women should avoid douching because douching can actually push bacteria into the urinary tract.

About the Author

Gwynita Leggington has written and published articles since 2006. Her areas of expertise include health and wellness, education, careers, personal finance and dating. Leggington's work appears on eHow.com, Answerbag.com and Essortment.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Master of Arts in counseling from Prairie View A&M University.