Magazine 11 May 2024

The substantial difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis

Dear friend,

today’s topic is about the difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis. Substantial difference.

Yes, because there are so many who are confused about this, with the risk of choosing the wrong treatments that could make an already complicated situation worse to begin with! 😱

As you may already know, our urethra (the little tube from which we pee) is shorter in size than men’s, so it is much easier for bacteria to decide to pop in and torment us more than they have to.

And this is also what exposes us more to urinary tract infections, and the much-feared pyelonephritis.

But let’s cut to the chase: let’s figure out how to distinguish these two infections, shall we?
Let’s get going! πŸ’ͺ🏼

How to tell if it is cystitis or pyelonephritis? Let’s have more clarity

Pyelonephritis: why this infection should not be confused with cystitis

Pyelonephritis is akidney infection that should in no way be underestimated.

In fact, this condition causes the kidneys to become enlarged, risking permanent impairment of their functioning.

So, there is little to joke about: pyelonephritis can be life-threatening.

Symptoms usually appear within two days of infection and can be:

  • Fever higher than 38.9Β°C;
  • Painful, burning, urgent and frequent urination;
  • Pain in the abdomen, back, hip, or groin;
  • Cloudy, foul-smelling urine;
  • Pus or blood in the urine;
  • nausea;
  • tremors;
  • fatigue;
  • malaise.

Some also suffer from chronic pyelonephritis, but it is a rarer variant in which symptoms are mild or even nonexistent.

At this point you might ask yourself, “Okay, some symptoms are common, but what does that have to do with cystitis? πŸ€”

Good question.

In common between the two is the fact that, like 80 percent of cystitis cases, this infection is often caused byE. coli, a bacterium found in our intestines.

In addition, pyelonephritis originates in the lower urinary tract-as does cystitis. The difference, however, is that the infection passes through the urethra and bladder until it reaches the kidneys.

All of this in itself should provide us with a big lesson: anything that impairs our urination deserves to be considered a wake-up call to which we need to pay close attention.

But how to tell if it is really pyelonephritis?

I’ll get right back to you.

Read also:Β Cystitis and bladder endometriosis are often confused, but there is a way to recognize them

Pyelonephritis: diagnosis and treatment

There are several ways to tell if you are dealing with pyelonephritis problems, and the most common is to test your urine, so you can check for bacteria.

In some cases the doctor may prescribe:

πŸ‘‰πŸ» an ultrasound to look for cysts or tumors;
πŸ‘‰πŸ» a CT scan in case of urinary tract obstruction.

To treat this infection, the first line of action is antibiotics.

Although drugs are known to cure the infection within 2 to 3 days, they are generally prescribed for the entire period-which ranges from 10 to 14 days.

But what happens when, in the most severe cases, drug therapy proves ineffective?

In cases of acute kidney infection, the physician may decide to admit the patient to the hospital; the length of stay depends on the severity of the condition and the response-obviously subjective-to medication, usually administered intravenously for 24-48 hours.

Finally, in cases of severe infection, a procedure called nephrectomy may be necessary, where the surgeon removes part of the kidney.

So, to recap… What to do instead in cases where you are not dealing with pyelonephritis, but with normal cystitis? 🧐

After all this roundup of information, you will have realized that pyelonephritis has little to do with cystitis.

Yes, it is true, some causes are similar, but there are many other anatomical, infectious, and physiological causes that are quite different from those of this kidney infection.

That said, how to treat cystitis?

There are several solutions.

If you want to find out which one is best for you, you can decide to:

πŸ—£ talk to the Dimann girls who will be happy to assist you;

πŸ–Š take the ‘Find Your Path‘ Test, in which you will discover that there are causes, factors different triggers and conditions for each.

More and more people have chosen Dimman, the range of products available individually or in convenient kits that helps so many women fight the much-hated cystitis.

Our products are composed of various ingredients, the key element of which is D-mannose, a monosaccharide derived entirely from the barks of hard trees.

The special feature of this sugar is that it does not kill bacteria, but ‘hooks’ them so that they are excreted during urination.

D-mannose is suitable for all three stages of cystitis:

  • acute;
  • Maintenance (i.e., when the critical phase of cystitis has been overcome);
  • of prevention.

Do you have more questions? Visit our website, or contact us by filling out the form!

A hug!


Our article in a nutshell

  • Pyelonephritis is a kidney inflammation that can start in the lower urinary tract and seriously damage the kidneys.
  • Some causes and symptoms are similar to those of cystitis, such as difficulty urinating and frequent and painful urination.
  • Pyelonephritis can be diagnosed with a urinoculture, and when antibiotics do not work, the doctor may opt for hospitalization and possible surgery.

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