Amy Schumer was hospitalised for five days as a result of a kidney infection, the actress and comedian revealed on Instagram Friday. She posted photos of herself in her hospital bed and told fans she wouldn’t be able to attend the London premiere of her new movie, I Feel Pretty.
"I want to give a big thank you to the doctors, the bad ass nurses also my husband who’s name is, I want to say, Chris?" she wrote. "And my sisters Kimby and mol who have been by my side the whole time. I wanted to share this with you because this is sexy as hell but mostly because I was meant to go to London for the opening of I Feel Pretty and my doctors have told me that’s a no go. I’m really disappointed selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there. But I need to put my health first. I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting. I hope people check it out in England and everywhere else in the world. It’s sweet and fun and you will walk out feeling better. Which is something I hope to feel soon too."
According to the Mayo Clinic, a kidney infection usually starts as a urinary tract infection that starts in your urethra or bladder and then moves to one or both kidneys. Symptoms include a fever, chills, back, side, groin, or abdominal pain, and frequent urination. If a kidney infection isn’t properly treated, it can result in permanent kidney damage or even a life-threatening blood infection. Women are at a higher risk of kidney infections because their urethras are shorter, making it easier for bacteria to travel.
Using strategies to avoid UTIs is also the best way to avoid kidney infections. So drink lots of water, urinate as soon as you need to and not hold it in, avoid using feminine products like deodorants in the genital area, and urinate as soon as possible after intercourse, the Mayo Clinic advises.
This article originally appeared on Prevention