How Do You Know If You Have Proteinuria?
What are the symptoms?
- Swelling (Edema) of face, hands, feet and other body parts
- Foamy Urine
- Trouble Breathing
- High Blood pressure
- Elevated Cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure may be one of the first signs of a kidney problem and should be monitored routinely by a medical professional.
Blood with normal amounts of protein keeps your body’s fluids in balance. Kidneys that are not working properly by spilling protein will cause fluid to leak into your body’s tissue causing swelling. This is usually seen around the eyes, in hands and feet and in your belly (abdomen). This swelling is called “edema” and is a common symptom associated with proteinuria.
Edema is not the same as normal weight gain. People with proteinuria may gain a lot of weight, but it is as a result of the untreated kidney problem and fluid retention.
People with proteinuria may have trouble breathing or feel fatigued due to the strain on the body caused by underlying kidney problem and fluid retention.
NephCure Kidney International (NKI) is a patient advocacy organization and is not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended to be educational and not diagnostic or recommended treatment. Consult with your doctor if you learn anything that might alarm you or if you have any questions.
NephCure thanks Questcor Pharmaceuticals for its support of the Proteinuria Resource Center.