Many people may be in the early stages of kidney disease and not have any indication something wrong with their kidneys, but there are certain symptoms that could be a sign you have kidney disease. Now, let’s have a look!
1. Anemia and fatigue.
A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buidup of toxins and impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tried, weak and can make it hard to concentrate. Another complication of kidney disease is anemia, which can cause weakness and fatigue.
2. Dry and itchy skin
Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They remove wastes and extra fluid from your body, help make red blood cell, help keep bones strong and work to maintain the right amount of minerals in your blood. Dry and itchy skin can be a sign of the mineral and bone disease that often accompanies advanced kidney disease, when the kidneys are no longer able to keep the right balance of minerals and nutrients in your blood.
3. Frequent urine
If you feel the need to urinate more often, especially at night, this can be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidneys filters are damaged, it can cause an increase in the urge to urinate. Sometimes, this can also be a sign of UTI (Urinary tract infection).
4. Foamy or protein in urine
Excessive bubbles in the urine-especially those that require you to flush several times before they go away-indicate protein in the urine.
5. Blood in urine
Healthy kidneys typically keep the blood cells in the body when filtering wastes from the blood to create urine. But when kidneys’ filters have been damaged, those blood cells can start to “ leak” out into the urine. It also can be indicative tumors, kidney stones or an infection.
Decreased renal function can lead to sodium retention, causing swelling. It often occurs in patients’ eyelids, face, legs, ankles and feet.
In addition, if you’ re at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure or if you’ re older than age 60, it is important to get tested to annually for kidney disease.
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