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Colds and flu

Question
Posted by: greg lehmann | 2019/04/26

Q.

Can a cold trigger a kidney infection?

Over the years I have had three kidney infections. In each case before I found out I had these kidney infections I had bad colds what somehow got into my kidneys! Now I know Mickey Mantle and Adolpho Phillips had serious kidney infections but can a cold set off kidney infections?

Expert's Reply

A.

Flu expert
- 2019/04/29

Hi Greg
No, a cold will not cause a kidney infection. Kidney infection, as you would know from experience, makes one quite ill and is caused by bacteria, or even an autoimmune process (but then it is not infection anymore). It is possible, that when one's immune system is down, one is more prone to develop all types of infections, but a kidney infection is not set off by a cold. Have a lovely day and I hope that you stay healthy. 

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