Kidney malfunction results in inability to eliminate excess fluids, which causes swelling in face area, joints and limbs. Any 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 color, less frequent urination in small amounts
- Pale urine color, frequent urination in large amounts
- Foamy urine
- Urges to urinate in the middle of the night
3. Skin rashes
Kidney failure leads to waste buildups, which causes skin rashes and severe itching. Waste material tends to accumulate in the blood, and thus make the skin irritated and dry. You can use creams and lotions to solve your skin problem, but that will not treat your underlying problem, of course if your rashes have anything to do with kidney damage.
Healthy kidneys produce EPO or erythropoietin, a hormone that participates in the production of red blood cells that deliver oxygen. Kidneys lead to a decreased number of red blood cells, and cause sort of a fatigue that affects brain and muscles. Eventually, this results in anemia.
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.
6. Metallic taste in the mouth
Accumulated waste in the blood may alter the taste of food and cause bad breath. Any change in food preferences and poor appetite may indicate kidney damage.
Kidney damage is also accompanied with ache in the upper back area or in the same area where the damaged kidney is set. Kidney stones and infections also trigger spasms and severe pain.
8. Poor concentration and dizziness
Poor flow of oxygen to the brain is form of anemia that is associated with kidney damage. It causes concentration issues, dizziness, and even memory loss.
Introduce some healthy dietary habits and eat more foods high in antioxidants. This will help you bring your kidney function at an optimal level.