Kidney Infection Symptoms – An Easy to Understand Guide


Ever wondered what causes a kidney infection? How about looked for a list of Kidney Infection Symptoms? I’ve been there. As someone who struggles with frequent UTI’s, I’m very familiar with the panic that is associated with thinking your UTI may have turned monster style and that feeling is just perpetuated when you don’t have insurance.

Let’s talk about how you can know when you have a kidney infection, what you can do about it to feel better (naturally), and when to seek help.

When your UTI goes on a rampage

Kidney infections happen when urinary tract or bladder infections travel upwards into your kidney. They can be extremely painful and untreated UTI’s are just asking for trouble with your kidneys.

Symptoms that UTI has gone Kidney Infection

So, what are the actual symptoms of a kidney infection?

  • Pain and soreness in your back.
  • Fever and sometimes chills
  • General feeling sick, lethargy
  • Stomach illness, vomiting
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Increased frequency or urgency of urination
  • Bloating or cramping

You may also notice major or minor changes in the urine itself:

  • DANGER: Blood in urine
  • Cloudy Urine
  • Excessively smelly urine

How will your doctor diagnose a kidney infection?

There are a lot of ways your doctor can go about diagnosing the actual infection; however, the most often are blood cultures and urine cultures. However, depending on the severity of your symptoms they will also consider family history, CT Scan results, kidney ultrasounds, and complete urinalysis.

Treatment of Kidney Infections

What are some all natural home remedies for Kidney Infections?

As someone who’s tried almost everything to treat urinary tract issues, I’ve compiled a list of researched home remedies for kidney infections. What’s better, these will also work for your everyday ordinary bladder infection.

Parsley Juice

This awesome concoction is great for a lot of things, but one of the biggest (yay) factors are its antioxidants. That’s not all it has though, remember, it’s awesome! Parsley juice also has the following going for it:

  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Sodium
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Suggested Preparation: Boil water with chopped parsley, cool and serve over ice or make into a tea.

Herbal Teas

Many herbal teas have awesome healing powers, but some outweigh others when you’re talking about a mission to cure a kidney monster. Some great options are green tea, dandelion tea, and stinging nettle tea. Drink these bad boys twice a day and you’re bound to see some improvements!

Cranberry Juice

For years people have speculated that cranberry juice is an excellent cure for bladder infections and kidney issues, but now, there’s science to back up the claim. What’s important is that you’re going for organic (ideally raw) cranberry juice. Concentrated juice cocktails are not helpful and can make matters worse. The excellent anti-oxidant properties of this juice make it excellent for not only bladder issues, but the following ailments:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Yeast Infections
  • Dental Plaque

Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey

You may have heard about the fantastic cleansing benefits of apple cider vinegar. Often used in organic beauty treatments, this liquid is excellent at cleaning you out top to bottom. Most of the evidence I’ve found has been anecdotal; but this seems to be a very reasonable treatment for kidney issues.


Amanda Little
I'm Amanda and I'm a 22 year old mother who's been diagnosed with PCOS. I'm passionate about health and wellness and aim to make a difference however I can. I also blog over at my site, HealthyHerLiving.