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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Updated on March 15, 2011

There are many kidney problems that abound today such as kidney stones, diuresis, and oedema. It is important that you detect a kidney disease earlier. Detecting it late means that you will have to pay large sums of money for dialysis and other treatments. If you can detect a kidney disease early, you may not even need a transplant. Below are the symptoms:

Inability to produce sufficient urine

When the glomerular filtration rate is reduced to a certain level, you will find out that the amount of urine produced by your body has been reduced. Thus your urine will only be a small quantity compared to the quantity you were urinating each day.

Puffy face

When your face becomes larger or rounder than normal, or when your face or parts of your face becomes swollen, please consult your doctor. You never know what may be happening in your body.

Swollen ankles

If your ankles all of a sudden become swollen without any injuries, without any hard hit on them, you may need to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Production of too much urine

Diuresis is a kidney disease that makes your kidney to produce too much urine. If your body is producing too much urine, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have a kidney disease because there are two types of diuresis:

The first type of diuresis is caused by the act of drinking too much water. If you drank a lot of water some hours ago, it is normal for you to urinate a large quantity of urine the next time you visit the toilet.

The second type of diuresis is the disease itself. When the production of a certain hormone in your body is reduced, it causes diuresis which makes your body produce more than ten litres of urine each day.

High blood pressure

Damaged kidneys usually have a reduced blood flow through them. This stimulates the kidneys to produce an enzyme which activates a hormone called antigiotensis. This is the hormone that causes your blood pressure to rise.

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