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8 Symptoms Of Kidney Disease

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The kidneys are cleaning and processing the blood and keeping you body healthy condition. Two kidneys are processing and filtering 3-4 liters of blood about every five minutes with 2 million nephrons, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Therefore, it is important to know about any problem with your kidneys and get a proper treatment quickly. There are some common symptoms of kidney disease and we will discuss about them in this article.

Changes in urinary function

One of the first symptoms of kidney disease is a change in the frequency and quantity of the urine you pass. There can be dark coloured urine, feeling the urge to urinate but you cannot when you go to the restroom, and an increase or decrease in quantity of urine you pass.

One of the most early and common symptom of chronic kidney disease is frequent urination at night, and it shouldn’t be ignored even if it is harmless. Other symptoms of the disease usually appear at later stage of the disease, when kidneys lost about 80% of its function.

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Pain during voiding or passing urine

Sometimes you may feel pressure, have difficulty or pain while voiding. The reason for this can be infection of urinary tract, which can cause symptoms such as burning or pain during urination. If the infection spreads to your kidneys it can cause pain and fever in your back.

Blood in the urine

One of the symptoms which is definite cause for concern is blood in the urine. Do not ignore it whenever you see this and visit your doctor immediately.

Foamy urine

When a person notices foam forming on the urine once passed it is called foamy urine. The cause for this is the leakage of protein from someone’s body and it is another symptom of kidney disease.

Oedema or swelling

This happens because kidneys are responsible for the removal of extra and waste fluid from the body and it is fairly a common symptom. This extra fluid builds up in the body when the kidneys are unable to do so.

The symptom is caused by body’s inability to get rid of excess salts and water from the body. This condition is also known as oedema and a person with this condition will notice swelling on the ankles, feet, tightness of the hands and puffiness of the face.

Vomiting and nausea

The increase of wastes which cannot be eliminated via urination and blood are called toxicity and they often result in a general feeling of nausea as well as weight loss and a lack of appetite. In some cases, vomiting makes it difficult to keep nourishment and food down.

A damaged kidneys can cause decreased urination and this happens when wastes build up in you bloodstream and they are unable to be removed efficiently. Also, kidneys which don’t function at all or properly will lead to a build up of waste that results in some other symptoms, beside causing vomiting and nausea.

For example, a builds up of waste can lead to appetite loss, bad breath, a metallic taste in the mouth, and weight loss.

Lack of appetite

People who have this symptom probably built up waste materials and toxins in the body. Usually kidney disease shows no symptoms and the build up of toxins tend to lead the way when it comes to diagnosis. So, lack of appetite in combination with other symptoms can be one that indicates kidney disease.

Shortness of breath

In case if the kidney disease is severe enough, it can cause a build up of fluid in your lungs, which can lead to a feeling of breathlessness. Apart from that a common side-effect of kidney disease called anaemia, starves the body of oxygen which makes you suffer from breathlessness.

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