10 Signs Of Kidney Injury

The kidney is one of the most vital organs of our body. Despite being able to live and survive with just one kidney, there are several functions of the kidney that needs to be maintained in order to have a better quality of life.

One of the important functions of the kidney is that it acts as a filtration base for many substances that will be removed from the body. Here we would like to share with you the top 10 habits that can cause damage to your kidney and what are the key signs of detecting this injury.

1. Constant fatigue

The decrease in the functions of the kidney will cause the accumulation of foreign and toxic substances to be accumulated in the body. This situation will make you feel more fatigue as well as hard to focus on your daily tasks.

Anemia is also another complication of kidney injuries that can cause weakness and fatigue.

2. Sleeping issues

The toxin that was supposed to be excreted from the body through urine will remain in the blood in case your kidney did not filter effectively. The accumulation of toxins will cause sleep apnea and this will definitely cause problems during your working day.

Sleep apnea is more common in those who have chronic kidney problems compared to those who are healthy.

3. Dry and Itchy Skin

Other functions of the kidney are to ensure that excess water gets removed from the body, red blood cell production, maintain good bone density, and retain the minerals inside the body. However, if you ever experience dry and itchy skin, it would be because your kidney did not balance the minerals and nutrients inside the body.

But this is of course not the only absolute reason for having this problem.

4. Frequent urination

Frequent urination is another common symptom of kidney injuries and you might want to get yours checked if you ever experience this. This usually happens at night and it might be the first sign of kidney injury that you should be wary of.

5. Blood In The Urine

A working and functional kidney will retain the red blood cells where it should be and it will filter any waste products from the blood to produce urine. So there should be no traces of blood in your urine.

However, for a non-functional kidney, the red blood cell will leak out and enter the urine. Aside from kidney injury, blood in the urine can also be a sign of a tumor, kidney stones or other types of infection.

6. Frothy Urine

If your urine was rather frothy and bubbly as well as requiring you to flush many times to remove the froth then this might be an early sign of kidney injury. The froth that is present in the urine indicates the presence of a protein that was leaked out and not filtered by the kidney.

There should be no protein present in a normal and functional kidney.

7. Constant Bulge Under The Eye

If there was a bulge under your eye that does not go away then this may be a cause of the protein that is present in the urine and excreted from the body.

The protein being leaked out is due to the non-functional kidney that results in protein being removed from the body.

8. Swollen Ankle or Feet

Sodium or salt in our body will be imbalanced if the function of our kidney deteriorates. This will result in our ankles or feet being swollen.

Aside from kidney injuries, heart failure can also cause swelling in our feet which is detrimental if left untreated.

9. Muscle Cramps

Damaged kidneys can also cause an imbalance of electrolytes in our body including low calcium levels and uncontrolled phosphorus levels. 
All of these will result in the person easy to get muscle cramps especially after doing an exercise.

10. Lost Of Appetite

This is however considered very general as there are many factors that can contribute to loss of appetite and kidney injury being one of them. 

The toxin that is accumulated in the body due to the inability of the kidney to remove it from the body can ultimately cause someone to have a reduced craving for food.


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