Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To reduce pain or discomfort as you recover from a kidney infection, try to:

  • 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 to flush bacteria from your urinary tract. Avoid coffee and alcohol until your infection has cleared. These products can aggravate your frequent or urgent need to urinate.
Aug. 09, 2011