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Renal Failure – A Cause of Kidney Disease

Renal Failure – A Cause of Kidney Disease
August 23, 2018 admin

Other Causes of Kidney Disease

Renal failure is not always caused by a disease. Renal function can decline as the result of poisons, illegal drug use, or trauma, for example, a direct and forceful blow to your kidneys.

Renal failure is not always caused by a disease. Renal function can decline as the result of poisons, illegal drug use, or trauma, for example, a direct and forceful blow to your kidneys.

Defining Types of Renal Failure

What is Acute Renal Failure?

Acute renal failure occurs suddenly and is usually the result of an external insult such as accidental trauma, drug overdose, illness and/or severe blood loss. Acute renal failure may lead to permanent loss of kidney function; however, acute renal failure can often be reversed.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Most kidney problems, however, happen slowly over a long period of time. You may have “silent” kidney disease for years. Gradual loss of kidney function is called chronic kidney disease (CKD) or chronic renal insufficiency. Those with CKD often go on to permanent kidney failure. The damage that results from chronic kidney disease cannot be reversed.

What are the signs of kidney disease?

When you are in the early stages of kidney disease, you usually do not feel sick at all. As kidney disease progresses you may feel one or more of the following symptoms.

Symptoms of kidney disease

Kidney disease may affect individuals differently depending on the cause of the kidney disease and the stage of your kidney disease. You may not experience all of the symptoms on this list but you may experience any combination of these symptoms:

•Frequent thirst

•Urinating more or less often

•Passing very small amounts of urine

•Swelling in the hands, feet and face

•Puffiness around the eyes

•Unpleasant taste in the mouth and urine-like odor to the breath

•Feeling tired

•Trouble breathing or short of breath

•Loss of appetite

•High blood pressure

•Pale skin

•Dry, itchy skin

•Nausea and vomiting

•Headache

•Drowsiness or confusion

•Darker color to skin

•Muscle cramps

•Trouble Sleeping

•Inability to concentrate

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