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Understanding Kidney Disease -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Disease?

Early detection is the first step in treating chronic kidney disease. The symptoms of kidney disease may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Passing only small amounts of urine
  • Swelling, particularly of the ankles, and puffiness around the eyes
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth and urine-like odor to the breath
  • Persistent fatigue or shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increasingly higher blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps, especially in the legs
  • Pale skin
  • Excessively dry, itchy skin
  • In children: increased fatigue and sleepiness, decrease in appetite, and poor growth

 

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See Your Doctor About Kidney Disease If:

You experience any of these symptoms, which could be a warning sign of kidney disease. Unfortunately, some people have no symptoms of chronic kidney disease until the majority of kidney function is lost; that is why prevention -- through diet, exercise, and medication -- is key.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on March 22, 2014

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