Kidneys are vital organs primarily responsible for detoxifying the body. If something happens to the kidneys, the whole body suffers.
Kidneys filter waste from the blood, absorb nutrients, and maintain balance in bodily fluids. Despite their importance, it’s not always easy to identify symptoms of their malfunction.
It is important to know that kidney function declines with age, and early detection of any issues can be crucial in maintaining your health. Here we’ve listed seven symptoms that may potentially indicate kidney issues.
One function of the kidneys is to maintain the acid/alkaline balance of the body by regulating fluids. So, if there is an abnormal accumulation of fluids in the body, that could mean something is wrong with the kidneys. Such accumulation of fluids can lead to swelling, which usually occurs in the hands, feet, or ankles.
2. Changes in urination pattern
If you are experiencing changes in your urination pattern, that could indicate kidney problems. Some such changes could include the following:
- Feeling pressure while passing urine,
- Blood in urine,
- Less frequent urination, but urine appears dark during excretion,
- Urine appears to be frothy or bubbly,
- Frequently waking up at midnight and feeling an urge to urinate.
3. Itchy rashes
The accumulation of uric acid and waste products in the body might cause itchy patches on the skin. Rashes are a symptom that can be caused by a variety of factors. However, rashes caused by kidney malfunction are deeper, and feel as though they extend below the skin’s surface, and topical treatments won’t seem to work in this case.
4. Nausea and vomiting
Ill kidneys can let waste enter your system. As a consequence, the body feels a natural urge to expel those poisons, which manifests as nausea and sometimes vomiting too.
5. Pain in the legs and lower back
Pain in the legs or lower back can indicate kidney stones, but it could also be attributed to kidney infections. If this occurs, the disease could be advanced and accompanied by other symptoms, like difficulty urinating, or a burning sensation during urination. It’s crucial to distinguish this symptom from normal muscle pain. An early detection can save you a lot of problems.
6. Bad taste in the mouth
When the kidneys fail to remove toxins, they will accumulate in the body. This might cause a metallic taste in the mouth and result in bad breath. You may also feel that the food you eat doesn’t taste the same, especially meats. This can dull your appetite and cause you to lose weight.
Kidneys produce a hormone that creates red blood cells, which in turn carry oxygen in the body. When one’s kidneys are ill, there may be a lack of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of oxygen will cause one to feel tired and fatigued. This could be attributed to various factors, but is yet another symptom of poor kidney health.
Early detection is crucial when faced with such issues. Whilst such bodily signs have been attributed to kidney health, some such symptoms may not necessarily have anything to do with the kidneys. Hence, if you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, you should consult a doctor for professional medical advice.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.