It is alarming to note that kidney failures cases did increase dramatically in KENYA & across the world. Almost one in every ten people have some chronic kidney disease. This number is going to increase drastically by the year 2030. Dialysis centers in Kenya are growing in numbers.
What Exactly Is a Kidney Failure?
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Kidneys are one of the most critical parts of the body. They look like beans and are present at your lower back. Kidneys help in clearing off the excess fluids, water, as well as, the toxins out of your body. When the kidney does not function well, it is called kidney failure.
Here are certain factors that impact the kidney’s functionality. Here is a list of some of them for your reference:
- Chronic and acute diseases like diabetes.
- Kidney trauma
- Exposure to toxins through medications and environmental pollutants
- Severe dehydration
If your body has too many toxins, your kidneys become overloaded and as a result, cannot work correctly. Now, this can lead to kidney failure. This condition is life-threatening unless you get proper treatment promptly from one of the dialysis center in Nairobi.
Be Aware of the Symptoms
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Your body sends out signals when some organ in your body does not function well. You need to understand the language of your body and take proper corrective measures to avoid this condition from happening to you.
Here are some possible symptoms that are telling you that your kidneys are upto the mark:
- Amount of urine you are producing is less
- Shortness in your breath that you do not understand or can explain
- Persistent Nausea
- Excessive fatigue or drowsiness
- Swelling that you notice in your ankles, legs, and feet (now this happens because the kidneys are unable to eliminate water and excess fluids in the body)
The Early Signs of Kidney Failure
Many people like to know about the early signs of kidney failure so that they can keep safeguarding their kidneys. But, early symptoms are hard to identify. A few symptoms that can be noticed are as follows:
- Shortness in the breath
- A decline in the output of urine in the body
- Notice swelling in the limbs which is caused by retention of the water
Causes for the Kidney Failure
Kidney failure can happen because of so many reasons and conditions. People who have the risk of getting kidney failure are people who are suffering from the following medical conditions.
Kidneys Do Not have Proper Blood Flow
If the blood flow to these organs stops all of a sudden, it can cause kidney failure. Here are the factors that can force this condition:
- A severe burn
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Allergic reaction in the body
- A severe infection like sepsis
- Liver failure
- Scarring on the liver and so forth
You also need to note that anti-inflammatory and high-blood pressure medicines can reduce the blood flow in your body.
Problems Related to Urine Elimination
In some cases, a person’s body can eliminate toxin build-up, as well as urine from the body. This condition can overload your kidney. Some cancers also do block the passageways in the urinary tract. Here are the most common cancers that can trigger this condition:
- Prostate (the most common cancer men usually suffer from)
Other conditions in the body that can trigger kidney failure are as follows:
- Blood clots
- Kidney stones
- Enlarged prostate
- Damage to nerves that have control over the bladder
- NephroMed is an affordable dialysis center in Nairobi. It offers support services like laboratory tests, pharmacy, ultrasound etc. and are very affordable, even to the patients paying out of pocket.
- NephroMed is a premier In-Centre Hemodialysis (Renal Units in Kenya).
- Nephromed is an NHIF accredited center under national scheme and specialized managed schemes for civil servants in Kenya. We are also accredited for our patient clinics for civil servants such as National Police Services.