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Health Tip: Pyelonephritis of the Kidneys

How to help prevent this infection

(HealthDay News) -- Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the kidneys that can occur at any age. It's more common in women than men.

Symptoms of the infection include fever, a burning sensation when you urinate, a frequent urge to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, abdominal pain and fatigue.

While St. John's Mercy Medical Center offers no specific preventive measures for men, it says women should:

  • Wipe from front to back after bowel movements.
  • Avoid prolonged moisture around the urethra by not wearing nylon underpants and by changing out of wet swimsuits.
  • Avoid sexual positions that irritate or hurt the urethra or bladder.
  • Urinate within 15 minutes of intercourse.
  • Urinate when you have the urge.
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