Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) Questions Urinary Tract Infections

Does a UTI also affect the kidneys?

I had a severe UTI recently and I received the required antibiotics. Now that I am recovering, should I be worried about my kidneys? Could the infection also affect my kidneys?

2 Answers

A simple UTI usually does not affect the kidneys. It just affects the lower urinary tract. If the infection is severe, it can affect the kidneys and call as “pyelonephritis”and is usually associated with fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, etc., and it resolves with appropriate antibiotics and you don’t have to worry about the kidneys. If you get recurrent UTIs, it may need to be evaluated.