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.