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According to the professional medics in Kenya, you'll have to part with a renal-unit fee of Ksh7500-9000 per session of dialysis (weekly or monthly depending on the severity of your condition) or an average of Ksh 1.5 million for a transplant. Kidney disease may cost you a huge sum of money, if not your life depending on the extent of the damage.
Now classified as a 'silent-killer' which mostly get diagnosed at later stages, prevention will be better than cure.
It's important to note that, when kidney is failing, bladder will be the first to be affected hence most of the diagnosis are done using urine as a specimen.
Let's check them out:
1.Blood in the urine
If you the colour of your urine starts to turn to mild or extreme red, pay attention and seek medical advice, this may not only indicate kidney problems but also early signs of cancer of the bladder.
2.Change in the 'shortcall' routine
Extreme increase or decrease in the amount of urine may signal some danger moreso if the urine is darker than usual. If you sense any change, start paying attention.
It's the swelling of the feet, ankle and puffiness in the face as a result of fluid retention.Waste and excess fluid are removed by kidney, when they are unable to, the excess fluids and waste builds up in the body leading to swelling and puffiness called oedema.
Kidney produce a hormone known as erythropoietin helping Red Blood Cells to transport oxygen, when the kidney malfunctions, the hormone levels drop significantly causing dizziness and fatigue.
5.Difficulty/pain while emptying your bladder
This maybe an early sign of kidney-stones or Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) get an early medical attention before it spreads.
6.Extreme skin rashes and itching
Mostly confused with allergies, it could also indicate an early sign of kidney infection.
Kidney failure increases the level of urea in the blood, the urea is then broken down to ammonia in the saliva, causing urine-like bad breathe in the mouth called ammonia breathe.
8.Nausea and vomiting
Now that the kidneys are failing, the body desperately needs to find a way of getting out the toxins and waste fluids before they do more harm.The 'shortcut ' will be through constant vomiting.
It's important to note that if you have these symptoms it doesn't necessarily mean you have kidney disease but it would be wise to seek medical attention.
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