Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To reduce discomfort while you recover from a kidney infection, you might:

  • Apply heat. Place a heating pad on your abdomen, back or side to reduce feelings of pressure or pain.
  • Use pain medicine. For fever or discomfort, take a nonaspirin pain reliever that contains acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as directed by your doctor, or take a prescription medication that he or she provides.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids will help flush bacteria from your urinary tract. Avoid coffee and alcohol until your infection has cleared. These products can aggravate a frequent or urgent need to urinate.
Aug. 16, 2014