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Why Women Are At Higher Risk Of Pyelonephritis

10 March 2017 Health News


Pyelonephritis is a disease that quickly weakens and damages the kidney.  Dr. Ejike Orji of Coalition for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Accountability Mechanism, said Pyelonephritis is the infection of the kidneys by bacteria.

Most cases of pyelonephritis are complications of common bladder infections. Bacteria enter the body from the skin around the urethra. They then travel up the urethra to the bladder.

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Sometimes, bacteria escape the bladder and urethra, traveling up the ureters to one or both kidneys.

According to the Doctor, women are at higher risk of Pyelonephritis because the urethra is much shorter in women than in men, which is one reason why women are more vulnerable to pyelonephritis and other Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

Pyelonephritis may start with similar symptoms. However, once the infection has spread to the kidney, signs of more severe illness usually result. Such as

  • Back pain or flank pain
  • Fever (usually present) or chills
  • Feeling sick
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion (especially in the elderly)

The Expert explained that the disease may also cause noticeable changes in the urine in severe cases, they may invclude

  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Pain when urinating
  • Increased frequency or urgency of urination

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) according to Dr. Orji are the leading predisposing factors of pyelonephritis especially when they are left untreated. He said the best way to prevent pyelonephritis especially for the women is to wipe from front to the back when you use defecate or urinate so you don’t take bacteria from your faeces into your vagina and then to the urethra.

He said pyelonephritis is treatable and early treatment can prevent it from leading to other complications that may lead to death. Visit your doctor the moment you notice signs or symptoms of the disease, the doctor advised.

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