5 Signs You Might Have a Kidney Infection

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

Talk with your doctor if you notice signs of a kidney infection. Photo Courtesy: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Kidney infections (also called pyelonephritis) are a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). They happen when harmful bacteria move up into the kidneys. Kidney infections can usually be treated with antibiotics — but without treatment, they can cause serious kidney damage and other health problems. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms and get treatment right away.