Kidney Failure Symptoms

Kidney failure or renal failure is a medical condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products and fluids out of the body. Then excessive fluids accumulate in many parts of the body, like ankles, abdomen, legs or arms.

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How Does Kidney Failure Affect Fluid in the Lung

2014-06-09 01:00

How Does Kidney Failure Affect Fluid in the LungKidney failure or renal failure is a medical condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products and fluids out of the body. Then excessive fluids accumulate in many parts of the body, like ankles, abdomen, legs or arms. More over, kidney failure will also cause and affect fluid in the lung (pulmonary edema).

How does kidney failure cause fluid in the lung?

Once people are diagnosed with kidney failure, their kidneys cannot filter wastes and toxins adequately. Moreover, the kidneys also cannot keep electrolyte balance, failing to regulate sodium levels. Too much sodium and fluid can cause water-sodium retention in any part of the body, including the lungs.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary edema due to kidney failure?

Health care professionals can take right measures by observing the patients’ symptoms. Patients with fluid filled lungs have rapid breathing and abnormal heart sounds. Sometimes, patients are short of breath. In general, symptoms of pulmonary edema are as following:

- Shortness of breath

- Fatigue

- Weakness

- Anxiety and restlessness

- Excessive sweating

- Pale skin

- Cough

- Grunting, while breathing

- Sudden respiratory distress when lying down

If immediate treatment is not given, the above symptoms will gradually aggravate to:

- Rapid breathing

- Coughing up blood

- Bluish sweaty skin

- Swelling in the legs

- Abnormal heart sounds—the heart rate is faster than normal

- Unable to speak in long sentences

How to remove the fluid in the lungs?

The treatment is tailored individually, taking into account of the cause of the disease. If it is due to kidney failure, improving the kidney function to increase GFR (glomerular filtration rate) is the most important. If the kidney is repaired, excessive fluids and sodium can be discharged, and thus pulmonary edema can be alleviated. In that case, I recommend you try some Chinese tea, like green tea, dandelion leaf tea, horse tail tea, and stinging nettle tea.

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