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Kidney Infection (cont.)

Kidney Infection Prevention

Prevention of urinary tract and kidney infection primarily focuses on reducing the associated risk factors. As mentioned earlier, the majority of urinary tract infections are caused by the bacteria gaining entry into the urinary system through the urethra. Therefore, personal hygiene plays an important role in preventing kidney infection.

Examples of preventative measures include:

  • Emptying the bladder (urinating) after sexual intercourse or wiping from front to back after going to the bathroom may significantly reduce the chance of developing kidney infection in women.
  • In individuals with long-standing urinary catheters, routinely scheduled changing of the catheter as well as regular cleaning around the catheter's entry into the urethra are important steps in prevention of urinary tract infections.
  • If kidney stones are the predisposing factor to repeated kidney infections, then removal of the stone and preventing future stones from forming may be necessary. These individuals may be referred to a specialist (urologist) for further evaluation and removal of kidney stones.
  • Cranberries and cranberry juice are the proven home remedies beneficial in preventing kidney infections. It is important to note that cranberries may not treat an existing kidney infection, but it has been found to be a simple preventive measure in addition to the other measures listed above.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/2/2014

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