Must Know Facts on Identifying Symptoms of Kidney Disease
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)
- 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
-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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