Yeast, Kidney, Bladder & Urinary Infections: Treatment At Stony Creek Urgent Care Center

March 23, 2018 3:05 pm Published by

Yeast infections, bladder infections, kidney infections and urinary tract infections are similar, yet different. It is important to understand these differences, so you can get treatment when necessary and avoid serious complications.

Yeast Infections

Caused by a common type of yeast called candida, yeast infections result in vaginal irritation, itching and burning during sex or urination. They can also cause an odorless, white discharge, along with swelling and redness. Topical anti-fungal medications can be effective at eliminating common yeast infections. If you don’t see an improvement after using an over-the-counter medication, you should see a healthcare professional.

UTIs and Bladder Infections

Bladder infections and urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter the body through the urethra. While these infections often occur in the bladder, they can also affect the urethra, ureters and kidneys. They can cause several uncomfortable symptoms, including:

• A persistent urge to urinate
• Burning while urinating
• Passing small amounts of urine very frequently
• Cloudy, red, bright pink or cola-colored urine
• Foul smelling urine
• Pelvic pain in women

UTIs can lead to serious complications if they spread to the kidneys. This is why it is important to seek treatment if you show any troubling symptoms.

Kidney Infections

A kidney infection results when bacteria migrate from the bladder to the kidneys. In addition to common UTI symptoms, a person may experience fever, chills, back or flank pain, nausea or confusion. Without prompt medical attention, these infections can lead to permanent kidney damage. The infecting bacteria can also spread to the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. If you show any signs of a kidney infection, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Visit your healthcare provider if you are being treated for UTI with no signs of improvement.