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Consult a doctor if you have any symptom suggestive of kidney disease. People at a risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) should go for regular screening so that kidney disease can be diagnosed.
Currently, there is no cure for chronic kidney failure. Your doctor will try to treat the underlying cause of kidney failure (such as hypertension or diabetes) as this can slow or control the worsening of kidney function. Treatment also includes medications for associated complications (such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol, anaemia) to make you more comfortable. People with end stage kidney disease may be recommended dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Signs and symptoms of kidney failure are not specific in most cases. Some signs and symptoms of advanced kidney disease or kidney failure include loss of appetite, general feeling of illness, feeling tired or fatigued, itching (pruritus) and dry skin, nausea and vomiting. If you think you have any type of these kidney problems, consult your doctor as by the time obvious signs and symptoms of kidney failure appear, irreversible kidney damage would have occurred.
Some measures that can prevent progression of kidney disease to kidney failure include treating the cause of kidney damage (such as hypertension, diabetes) aggressively; taking your prescribed medications for blood pressure control and to protect your kidneys regularly; eating diet low in salt (sodium), fluids and protein; avoiding medications and toxins that can damage the kidney and going for regular screening if you are at risk of kidney disease.
Duration of kidney failure is influenced by the underlying cause. Many cases with acute renal failure improve with renal supportive treatment and by controlling or stopping the underlying cause such as stopping the medication or reversing whatever caused the situation. Chronic kidney failure is a lifelong problem that worsens gradually over months or years and can progresses to end-stage kidney failure that requires kidney dialysis or kidney transplant.
Kidney failure can be acute kidney failure or chronic kidney failure. Some symptoms suggestive of kidney failure include decrease of urine output, swelling (edema) of ankle and feet, high blood pressure and nausea and vomiting. Treatment of kidney failure depends on the cause, severity of problem and associated complications. Dialysis or kidney transplant is needed for end-stage kidney disease.