Kidney Infection (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
If symptoms suggestive of urinary tract or kidney infection are present, medical attention should be sought. Correct diagnosis of kidney infection is important because it will determine appropriate therapy and length of treatment.
Once the doctor diagnoses kidney infection, home therapy with antibiotics and adequate oral intake of food and fluid may be adequate. In severe cases of infection or uncontrolled nausea and vomiting, hospitalization may be necessary.
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