Kidneys are located right below the rib cage. They filter or cleanse 120-150 quarts of blood every day. They are essential for every function in the body and keep your blood stable.
When your kidneys fail to carry out their function, your health is in serious danger. This is why you should recognise any potential threat and potential damage. We give you the most common indicators of the damage.
Kidney malfunction results in an inability to eliminate excess fluids, which causes swelling in the face area, joints and limbs. An unexpected swelling may indicate kidney failure.
2. Changes in urination
These are usually the earliest warning symptoms indicating something is wrong with your kidneys:
- Trouble urinating and unexplained pressure
- Bloody urine
- Dark urine colour, less frequent urination in fewer amounts
- Pale urine colour, frequent urination in large amounts
- Foamy urine
- Urges to urinate in the middle of night
3. Skin rashes
Kidney failure leads to waste buildups, which cause skin rashes and severe itching. The waste material tends to accumulate in the blood and thus make the skin irritated and dry. You can use cream and lotions to solve your skin problems but that will not treat your underlying problem, of course, if your rashes have anything to do with your kidney damage.
Healthy kidney produces EPO or erythropoietin, a hormone that participates in the production of red blood cells and delivers oxygen. Kidneys lead to a decreased number of red blood cells, cause sort of fatigue that affects brain and muscles. Eventually, this results in anaemia.
5. Shortness of breath
It may be a sign of kidney damage. The body lacks oxygen, because of the lower number of blood cells that carry oxygen. The number of these blood cells is largely affected by harmful buildups in the lungs.