Symptoms of kidney disease are usually silent. In some cases, symptoms may not occur before the disease becomes critical.
Therefore, it is important that you can recognize the symptoms of kidney disease as early as possible in order to find the right treatment.
Here are 10 symptoms of kidney disease that you should not ignore:
- Changes in your urinary function
The first symptom of a kidney disorder is a change in the amount and frequency of urination.
- Shortness of breath
If the kidney disease is severe, it can cause an accumulation of fluids in the lungs leading to a feeling of shortness of breath.
- Presence of blood in the urine
This symptom of kidney disease should be a cause for concern. Every time you see it, do not ignore it. Seek immediate medical attention.
- Foamed urine
Foamy urine is caused by a loss of protein in the body and this is another symptom of kidney trouble.
- Swelling or edema
Your kidneys are responsible for disposing of excess waste and fluids from your body. When they can not do this, these excess fluids accumulate in your body. A person suffering from a kidney disorder will notice a swelling of his feet, ankles, face and stiffness of his hands. This is also called edema.
- Extreme fatigue, anemia and weakness
Your kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin that helps red blood cells carry oxygen. When dysfunctional, the levels of this hormone fall drastically, causing anemia. This also leads to symptoms such as weakness and extreme fatigue.
- Dizziness and inability to concentrate
Anemia associated with kidney disease also reduces your brain’s oxygen supply, which can lead to dizziness, concentration disorders, and so on.
- Sensation of permanent cold
Kidney disease is known to cause anemia, which also causes a feeling of cold even when you find yourself in a warm ambience.
- Rashes and itching
These are symptoms that are frequently confused with other more benign conditions such as allergies, but rashes can also indicate a disease and kidney failure.
- Nausea and vomiting
The accumulation of waste in your blood, caused by kidney disease, can also cause nausea and vomiting.