If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI), you may be wondering if it could be responsible for your elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine levels. While UTIs are typically not associated with kidney problems, there are some cases where they can cause temporary increases in these two important markers of kidney function.
Understanding BUN and Creatinine
BUN and creatinine are two substances that are measured in blood tests to assess kidney function. BUN is a waste product that is produced when the liver breaks down protein, while creatinine is a waste product that is produced when muscles break down creatine. Both substances are filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and excreted in urine.
When the kidneys are functioning properly, BUN and creatinine levels should be within a normal range. However, if the kidneys are not working as well as they should be, these levels can become elevated. This can be a sign of kidney damage or disease.
How UTIs Can Affect BUN and Creatinine Levels
UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to inflammation and irritation. While UTIs typically affect the bladder and urethra, they can sometimes spread to the kidneys and cause more serious complications.
In some cases, a UTI can cause temporary increases in BUN and creatinine levels. This is because the inflammation and irritation caused by the infection can interfere with the kidneys’ ability to filter waste products out of the blood. However, these increases are usually mild and resolve on their own once the infection is treated.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have a UTI and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or back pain, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. These symptoms could be a sign that the infection has spread to your kidneys and is causing more serious complications.
At Nao Medical, we offer comprehensive care for UTIs and other health concerns. Our team of experienced healthcare providers can diagnose and treat UTIs quickly and effectively, helping you get back to feeling your best as soon as possible.
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If you’re experiencing symptoms of a UTI or have concerns about your kidney function, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Book an appointment with Nao Medical today to get the care you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a UTI cause kidney damage?
While UTIs are typically not associated with kidney damage, they can sometimes spread to the kidneys and cause more serious complications. If you have a UTI and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or back pain, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
The symptoms of a UTI can include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, passing frequent, small amounts of urine, cloudy or strong-smelling urine, and pelvic pain in women.
How are UTIs treated?
UTIs are typically treated with antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods can also help relieve symptoms.