Dr. Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based physician has said that abnormal sexual activities that irritate the urethra can increase the risk of kidney infection.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, he said “infection that enters through the opening of the urethra can infect the bladder, which can later lead to infection of the kidneys.

“Having sex that irritates the urethra can easily allow bacteria to enter the bladder and cause the development of kidney infection.

“Anal sex, pregnancy, kidney stones as well as prolonged use of urinary catheter are also causative factors to kidney infection.”

He further explained that women were most at risk of developing kidney infection, noting that the urethra of women was closer to the anus, which made it easier for bacteria to enter the urethra.

He said “Certain medications, HIV and damage to nerves around the bladder also pose risk of developing kidney infection.

“It helps to remove bacteria from the body through urination.”

He added that “The consumption of cranberry juice is beneficial too in preventing kidney infection.”

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