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How long does it take for a uti to be server enough that it enters your blood stream

By Anonymous August 25, 2013 - 8:03am
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Hi Anon,


Welcome to EmpowHER.  There is no specific time frame. If a UTI is left untreated, the bacteria within your bladder can travel up into your kidneys. Infection of the kidneys, called pyelonephritis, can be life-threatening and can lead to additional symptoms that include back pain, fever, nausea or vomiting. You can also develop blood in your urine due to irritation and inflammation of the kidneys. 

An untreated UTI can result in the spread of the infection from the bladder into the bloodstream--a medical condition known as sepsis. Sepsis is life-threatening and can cause you to experience fever, chills, dizziness, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), increased heart rate or confusion. This consequence of an untreated UTI can prevent the organs of your body from functioning normally, causing them to shut down.  




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