Kidney injury

Kidney injuryAcute kidney injury is damage to the kidneys that causes them to stop working properly. If not spotted in time it can lead to irreversible injury which could ultimately be fatal.

 

What can you do?

  • If you are feeling unwell, drink plenty of water every day – it’s good for your kidneys.
  • Look out for signs of dehydration, such as confusion, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, sweats and shaking.
  • If you are unwell and not producing much urine, seek medical advice urgently.

Be especially cautious if you’re taking medicines which make the development of kidney disease more likely. Your GP will give you guidance on this and there’s more information on the ‘Think Kidneys’ website.

The colour of your urine can be a good indicator of how well hydrated you are. This ‘urine colour chart’ will help you check to see if you are drinking enough fluids, or if you need to drink more.