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Must Know Facts on Identifying Symptoms of Kidney Disease

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By Vanessa Michael Pulvinar | July 15, 2014 12:13 PM EST

Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best.

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Often, early kidney problems don't have many symptoms. People should be aware that kidney diseases can be silent killers. (SOURCE)

Here is a list of symptoms you should look out for:

1.       Kidney failure symptoms from damage to the kidneys

  • The first symptom is changes in the urinary function in the frequency and amount of urination.
  • Blood in the urine

2.       Kidney failures symptoms from anemia

  • Shortness of breath

-Kidney disease causes fluid to build up in the lungs

  • Fatigue and Weakness

-  A decrease in red cells equals a decrease in oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, resulting in decreased oxygen delivery to cells for them to do work; therefore, the body tires quickly

  • Mental confusion
  • Feeling cold all the time

-Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) may cause fever with chills

3.       Symptoms from buildup of wastes in the body

  • Loss of appetite (Source)
  • Itchiness

- Kidney failure causes waste build-up in your blood. This can causes severe itching and skin rashes

  • Nausea and vomiting

-The build-up of waste products in your blood in kidney disease can also cause nausea and  vomiting

  • A metallic taste in the mouth or ammonia breath

-Kidney failure increases level of urea in the blood (uraemia). This urea is broken down to ammonia in the saliva causing urine-like bad breath called ammonia breath.

  • Difficulty to concentrate

-Anaemia associated with kidney disease also depletes your brain of oxygen which may cause dizziness, trouble with concentration, etc.

4.       Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of fluid in the body

  • Swelling

-swollen in the face, hands, feet due to the inability of kidneys to remove wastes and extra fluid from the body.

  • Shortness of breath

Note: Take time to contact your doctor to make an appointment if you have any symptoms or signs of kidney disease. Your doctor will conduct specific tests: urinalysis, blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests

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