Kidney Infections: Symptoms and Treatment

In this article, we talk about kidney infections and their symptoms and treatment.
Kidney Infections: Symptoms and Treatment
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Kidney infections are very common. They begin with intense pelvic and back pain, and it’s common to have a fever. If this has happened to you before, you already know how problematic it can be. This is why we decided to talk to you about this condition and the steps to take to prevent and treat it in this article.

How to know if you have a kidney infection

Kidney pain.

An infection in one — or even in both — kidneys happens when bacteria become attached to them, making them inflamed and not allowing them to function properly. It also causes various symptoms in your urinary tract. In other words, you’ll notice that your urine is different and you may feel pain.

Causes of kidney infections

  • Bacteria
  • An infection in the bladder itself
  • Kidney stones
  • Normally more frequent in women
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic abnormalities in the kidney
  • Kidney cysts
  • Some kind of anemia
  • Low defenses and a weak immune system

The symptoms you could have

  • Abdominal, lower back, or even groin pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • An urgency to urinate, although you may only go a little. When you urinate, you feel pain and burning.
  • Shivers
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Home remedies for urinary tract infections

Your doctor should select a treatment, which will most likely consist of antibiotics, which are essential for getting rid of this infection. In addition, it’s also a good idea to follow these tips at home. They’re great for improving the overall functioning of the kidneys and helping the entire urinary system.

1. One teaspoon of baking soda a day

Baking soda.

There’s nothing more simple or effective. Why, you ask? Because it will help your kidneys be able to filter better, facilitating their tasks and cleansing them, thus eliminating any toxins that come from this infection. However, you should know that you should never consume more than a teaspoon of baking soda a day.

2. Drink enough water

A glass of water.

It’s basic. Two liters of water a day. As a result, you’ll eliminate toxins and improve the overall functioning of the kidneys, liver, and essentially the entire body. The more water you drink, the better you’ll eliminate the bacteria that are damaging your kidneys. You can add a little bit of lemon juice so that it’s more pleasant, but just a few drops. But don’t add sugar.

3. The best juice: Cranberry

Cranberry smoothie.

It’s been proven by many studies: drinking cranberry juice prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract, which will make it easier to eliminate them in the urine. It’s best to drink at least two glasses a day. If finding cranberry juice isn’t possible, grapes are also a great choice.

4. Coconut water and its properties for the kidneys

Coconut water.

Coconut water, as well as coconut oil, are great for eliminating bacteria that tends to stick to the kidneys. It’s also a powerful anti-bacterial that can kill E. coli bacteria even when it has become resistant to antibiotics. So don’t hesitate to drink at least two glasses of coconut water a day (when you wake up and when you go to bed). You can also drink two tablespoons of coconut oil a day.

This article may interest you: 7 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

5. The benefits of eating asparagus


Did you know that asparagus is an excellent purifier of the urinary tract? It’s capable of helping you cure kidney infections, as well as infections in the urinary tract. Don’t worry if when you eat it your urine smells bad, this is normal. Its curative substances will do their job on your kidneys. For these reasons, don’t hesitate to add it to your salads.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar.

When you have a urinary tract infection, it’s best to drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It’s also an excellent remedy for preventing slow digestion. It’s a good ally for your entire digestive system and urinary tract. Consider drinking it every day after lunch. You just need to add a tablespoon to a glass of water.

7. The wonders of a simple celery smoothie

Celery for weight loss.

This smoothie can help eliminate kidney infections. How do you make it? It’s very easy. You just need to put two celery stalks, two thick pineapple slices, and a cup of chamomile tea in a blender. Then, add a liter of water, blend, and drink throughout the day. You’ll notice how good you feel!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.