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Answer to your Health Question

Question:

Is it possible to have bladder infection for more than a week?

Jessica

Answer:

Dear Jessica,

Bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections or cystitis) untreated can travel up the urinary system, ultimately infecting the kidneys.

As a rule, the further up a urinary tract the infection has traveled, the more severe the case is.

The severity of the case plays a major role in how long it takes to treat it.

Bladder infections are relatively harmless and can be cured in a matter of days or weeks.

Kidney infections start the same way as bladder infections but are much more severe.

They usually require staying at least a few days in the hospital and have antibiotics pumped into the veins through an intravenous drip.

Some patients can take months to rehabilitate from a bad kidney infection.

In most cases, a person with a bladder infection will start to feel better after taking antibiotics for a short time.

However, if after taking all of the antibiotics prescribed a person with a bladder infection does not feel relief, she or he may not have a bladder infection at all.

She or he will need further tests and adjust the diagnosis.

 

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