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What are some home remedies for a kidney infection?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three home remedies that help alleviate the discomfort of a kidney infection. One remedy is to take an over-the-counter pain medication that contains a non-aspirin ingredient, such as acetaminophen. Another way to reduce pain symptoms is to apply a heating pad directly on the abdomen or back. Third, drinking lots of fluids, such as water, flushes bacteria out of the urinary tract.

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The Mayo Clinic notes that prescribed antibiotics are commonly used as a first resort for treating kidney infections. In many cases, antibiotics clear the symptoms up within a few days, although it may take a week or longer for antibiotics to completely clear the infection. Severe kidney infections may require hospitalization and antibiotics delivered intravenously. Recurrent kidney infections may indicate the presence of a serious underlying health condition. It is best to consult a doctor for chronic kidney infections.

The Mayo Clinic suggests taking preventative steps to reduce the odds of getting a urinary tract infection, which, in turn, reduces the risk of kidney infection. Preventative home remedies include drinking plenty of fluids that cause regular urination, avoiding holding back urination and thorough wiping after a bowel movement. Urinating soon after intercourse helps to cleanse away bacteria. Avoid the use of feminine douches and deodorant sprays, which cause genital irritation.

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