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What Are the Most Common Symptoms When A Person Has Kidney Failure

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What Are the Most Common Symptoms When A Person Has Kidney FailureKidney Failure means that patients have already lost most of renal function. It is well known that kidneys are important organ that can maintain our whole body health. Once it is damaged by some factors, patients will suffer a lot. Well then, what are the most common symptoms when a person has renal failure?

Actually, Kidneys are the organs that help filter waste products from the blood. They are also involved in regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance and red blood cell production in the body. Symptoms of renal failure are due to the build-up of waste products in the body that may cause body disorders.

Changes in urination

One of important kidney functions is to make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. Then, how?

1. Frequent urination at night.

2. Urine may be foamy or bubbly.

3. Your urine may contain blood.

4. Oliguria or even anuria

5. Feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.

High Blood Pressure

Healthy kidneys can help regulate blood pressure and keep blood pressure within the normal range. While when kidneys are damaged, blood pressure is more likely to increase. In turn, high blood pressure is one leading cause of kidney disease.


Failing kidneys are unable to remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body, causing swelling. Generally, edema or swelling often occur in the legs, ankles, feet, face and/or hands.

Itching skin

Kidneys are responsible for removing wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the build-up of wastes (phosphorus) in your blood can cause severe itching.

Anemia and fatigue

Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO), that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less EPO. As a result, you will suffer from anemia, which is associated with fatigue.

The mentioned above is the general introduction of symptoms in renal failure. Knowing the symptoms of kidney failure can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best. If you or someone you know has one or more the mentioned symptoms, see a doctor for blood and urine tests. Any questions, please do feel free to contact our Online Doctor or email to and we will do our best to help you.

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