The kidney’s function is to filter out waste and excess fluids from your blood. When they are severely damaged, dangerous levels of fluids, electrolytes, and waste can build up. Treatment essentially focuses on slowing the damage, but certain health conditions can make damage inevitable. Take control of your health with AFC Urgent Care Norwalk. Visit our center for resources and information to help make your health a priority.  

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Symptoms become more severe the longer the kidneys are damaged. Depending on how slow kidney disease develops will impact the number of symptoms a patient may have. Some common symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and other sleep problems 
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Shortness of breath if fluid fills in the lungs

Symptoms may not begin to appear until irreparable damage has occurred. This is why it is crucial to take control of additional health concerns before severe damage occurs. 

Health Conditions that Impact Kidneys

Diabetes

When a patient has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it impacts the levels of sugar in their blood. Sugar can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. This can eventually lead to kidney failure, as well. Specifically, diabetes can damage the kidneys through blood vessels, nerves, and the urinary tract. Blood vessels in your kidneys can become clogged due to high levels of sugar. Additionally, if nerve damage occurs, your body may not know if your bladder is full, which can hurt your kidneys. 

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. This is because the kidneys use many blood vessels to help perform their job of filtering out waste. High blood pressure impacts the arteries around the kidneys by weakening or hardening them. This makes it difficult for blood vessels to pass through, thus causing them damage and eventual failure. 

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease causes 5% of all kidney failures, but it is found in more than 600,000 patients. It is normally caused by genetics, so it’s important to tell your doctor about your family medical history. Not everyone will go into kidney failure with polycystic kidney disease, but it is more likely if you are male, have high blood pressure, or women with high blood pressure who have had more than three pregnancies.  

Interstitial Nephritis

Interstitial nephritis happens when there is swelling in the kidney tubules. These reabsorb water and other necessary fluids after your kidney has filtered out the waste. When they become swollen, they can cause many of the symptoms mentioned above, and eventually, kidney failure.