A healthy kidney, a healthy life
Ways to maintain your Kidney’s health
Your kidneys are responsible for waste and fluid management. It extracts a healthy balance of minerals for the body.
Here are some of the common guidelines to follow to ensure a healthy and lively kidney:
- Be Active and healthy.
- Maintain your blood sugar levels.
- Keep your blood pressure in check.
- Weight management and diet balance.
- Drink a good amount of fluids.
- Unnecessary habits like smoking and heavy drinking can be avoided.
- Regulate your pain medication intake.
- Test your kidney functions, if any symptoms or problems arise.
If you follow the above advice, your kidneys are sure to remain healthy and fit.
Types of Renal Disease
This is one of the most common kidney problems. They are deposits that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stone pain can come and go, that is, you may feel excruciating pain in one moment and then slight discomfort in the next.
Depending on the size of the stone, what deposit it is made of, whether it is just causing pain, or if it is blocking your urinary tract, treatment is decided.
A urine test, CT scan, Blood test, or X-ray may be taken to estimate the right way to go about treating it.
Small stones can be treated by taking pain medication and drinking a lot of fluids.
Other methods include Lithotripsy- treatment involving shockwaves, Ureteroscopy- A long tool used to find and remove the stone, and in rare cases Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy- Surgery via tube insertion.
Urinary Tract Infections
These are Bacterial infections that occur at any crevice of the urinary system. These are usually easily treatable. But if left untreated, these can spread to the Kidneys, and can even lead to rare cases of Infection induced Kidney failure.
Women are at a greater risk of Infection than men. Proper hygiene and fluid intake are necessary to avoid such infections.
These infections are normally treated using a prescribed dose of antibiotics.
It is best to seek a second medical opinion to ensure proper renal health.
Commonly known as Nephritis or Nephrotic syndrome is inflammation of the glomeruli, the part of the kidney that filters blood.
Can be caused by drugs, infections like strep throat, congenital disorders, and even autoimmune diseases like lupus.
The early symptoms of this acute disease are Swelling of your face in the morning, Blood in your urine, Urinating less than average, etc. This acute disease may develop and grow silently over the years, and may even cause Kidney Failure.
The treatment for it may include immunosuppressive medication like cyclophosphamide.
It usually goes on its own, but it is best to be cautious and follow a low salt diet, or take water pills or even blood pressure medication.
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Normal Kidney cysts are pretty common and mostly harmless. Polycystic kidney disease on the other hand is a more serious matter. It is a genetic disease and can cause many cysts to grow inside or on the exterior of your kidneys.
PKD can cause Chronic kidney disease which can, in turn, lead to kidney failure or even end-stage renal disease.
Common symptoms include back and side pain, headaches, and blood in your urine. Depending on the extent of the disease the doctor can help you manage the symptoms.
Chronic Kidney Disease
The biggest cause of CKD is High blood pressure. The symptoms include itching, nausea, lack of appetite, swelling, and muscle cramps.
Abdominal pains, back pain, diarrhea, fever, nosebleeds, rash, etc. indicate something worse.
Signs of one or more of the symptoms may indicate acute kidney failure.
Even if there is no permanent solution to this problem, treatment can be to follow a healthy and planned lifestyle, with the help of a second medical opinion.
What to do if you are worried?
Do you feel like you may have one of these Renal diseases?
Do not worry. First, take into account the symptoms that you face. It is very likely that it may be just general symptoms and has nothing to do with Renal disease. But to make sure and to keep yourself at ease, we best advise you to consult our doctor.
It is never too late nor early to take a second medical opinion. Your life is in your hands and it is not wrong to be cautious.
We give you the best Nephrologist in UAE for you to get the best advice regarding your Renal health. All you have to do is send a query via eSehati app, and we will get back to you with the best and suitable solution for you.