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The Relationship Between Kidney Stones and UTIs

Posted by Reliant Renal Care

At Reliant Renal Care, we’re glad to provide state-of-the-art home dialysis machines to help give patients with kidney disease a better quality of life. We’re proud to be your specialists when it comes to renal care and everything relating to your kidneys. As your kidney experts, we’d like to take the time to inform you about two of the more prevalent problems that can occur to a person’s kidneys. These are UTIs and kidney stones.

What Are UTIs?

A UTI (urinary tract infection) is an infection that occurs when bacteria get into the urinary system. This infection will usually be in the bladder or the urethra, but if it’s not treated soon enough, the bacteria can travel up to the kidneys. This can cause additional symptoms, such as a fever, chills, and nausea. Women are actually much more likely to end up with a UTI.

What Are Kidney Stones?

A kidney stone is a small and hard deposit that forms in the kidneys and is painful when passing through the urinary tract. Some kidney stones can even reach the size of a golf ball! While the most common symptom of a kidney stone is pain, a person with a kidney stone may also feel nausea or have blood in his or her urine. Unlike UTIs, men are more affected by kidney stones.

The Relationship Between Them

If you have a kidney stone, you’ll have a much greater chance of developing a UTI. This is mainly because the kidney stone causes a blockage in the urinary tract.

While neither are caused by kidney disease, they can potentially lead to it. People with kidney stones have a much higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease. While UTIs that are caused on their own typically don’t cause kidney disease, a UTI that’s caused by a kidney stone can do so if it isn’t treated quickly enough.

Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

In order to lessen your chances of developing kidney problems, we recommend doing the following:

  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Get your kidneys regularly screened.

Contact Your Renal Care Specialists Today!

If you’d like to know more about kidney disease, kidney stones, or UTIs, feel free to contact us online or by phone at (610) 892-4700. We at Reliant Renal Care are glad to help you in any way we can. If you’d like to come in and see us, please take a look at our locations page to find our office nearest you. We hope to hear from you soon!