Other risk factors include diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, chronic bladder infections, a history of analgesic abuse, paralysis from spinal cord injury, or tumors.
If left untreated
or unresolved, it can progress to a chronic condition that lasts for months or years, leading to scarring and possible loss of kidney function. This is why it is important that you have the infection treated. Urinate frequently, and drink plenty of fluids at the first sign of infection.