Overview of the Kidney
The kidneys are responsible for filtering out the wastes and other wanted substances from the blood. Anatomically, everyone has a pair of kidneys, however, a person with one kidney can lead a normal and healthy life without any complications.
Initial symptoms of kidney problems are not noticeable right away, only after the disease has progressed to an advanced stage do people associate the symptoms with the kidneys.
Kidney Failure Symptoms
Also known as renal failure, kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are unable to filter the wastes from the blood, as a result, waste starts accumulating in the body. Common symptoms that are characteristic of kidney failure include:
- Swelling in the arms and legs
- Swelling in the face
- Unexplained weight gain
- Fluid retention
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in perception of taste (makes food taste like metal)
- Unusually foamy urine
- Dark red, purple coloured urine
- Mental confusion
These are some of the important kidney failure symptoms to keep an eye on. Do consult a doctor if any of the above symptoms appear and persists over a period of time.
Acute kidney failure can be treated to an extent, unfortunately, chronic kidney failure cannot be treated and the only solution is to undergo dialysis until the option for complete kidney transplantation becomes viable.