An infection that occurs when bacteria take over and make you sick. This type of infection commonly occurs in the urinary tract. You will notice burning and/or pain when urinating and the urge to urinate frequently (Note: the urge to urinate frequently is common within the first few weeks after transplantation, but does not mean you have an infection).
Bacterial infections can also occur at the site of your surgery before it has completely healed. You will notice increased pain, swelling and unusual discharge from the site.
Medications called “antibiotics” can be used to treat bacterial infections. Please let your doctor know if you have any medication allergies or if you have ever had side-effects to antibiotics.
Remember, many medications do NOT mix well with your transplant medicines. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist to check the safety of any new medicine before you take it, even antibiotics.