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"Can you get a kidney infection from a tooth infection?"

ZocdocAnswersCan you get a kidney infection from a tooth infection?


Is it possible for an infection in a tooth to spread to a kidney?


Yes. While it is possible for infections to spread from one part of the body to another, this is fortunately somewhat rare. It is important for you to speak with your doctor.

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Some of the signs that this could be happening include a high fever and chills, and some of the other signs of a serious and widespread infection. If you are having these and suffering from one infection, and then another body part becomes infected, it is possible that the two are related. The best way to know for sure that the two infections are related is to culture the same species of bacteria from each site of infection (although even this is never quite certain). As with most situations, your doctor will be using his or her best judgment to determine if the two infections are indeed related, and will use this information to decide if the treatment should be more or less aggressive to make sure that the infection is completely eradicated. Regardless, it is important to treat both infections to make sure that you are well. Often, dental infections require dental extractions in order to make sure that all of the infection is cleaned out. Kidney infections generally can be treated with appropriate antibiotics. Please speak with your doctor about this.

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