Hi, Hope4Alicia, and welcome. A kidney infection and UTI (urinary tract infection) are 2 different things. Since a UTI is normally treated with a sulfa drug, you might try calling your local pharmacy and speak to the pharmacist about the advisability of a sulfa drug for someone with end-stage liver disease. However, since your sister needs to be evaluated to find out if she has a UTI or kidney infection--or neither of these--I would advise you to take her to the ER. A sulfa drug would have to be prescribed if she tests positive for a UTI, or possibly a cillin or mycin type drug for kidney infection. Be sure to let the ER physicians and nurse know that your sister has liver disease.
Hope this helps.
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