FAQ

I caught the wild wind home in order to see if I could reflect some good FAQ’s related to this subject, hopefully I have not done to bad.

  1. What is acute kidney injury (AKI)?
    • AKI, previously known as acute renal failure, is a sudden onset of kidney damage or failure within a short period of time. It can be caused by various factors such as dehydration, severe infection, medication toxicity, kidney disease, or reduced blood flow to the kidneys.
  2. What are the symptoms of AKI?
    • Symptoms of AKI may include decreased urine output, fluid retention, fatigue, confusion, nausea, shortness of breath, and swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet.
  3. How is AKI diagnosed?
    • AKI is diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, medical history review, blood tests measuring kidney function (such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels), urine tests, and sometimes imaging studies like ultrasound.
  4. What is the treatment for AKI?
    • Treatment for AKI focuses on addressing the underlying cause, managing complications like electrolyte imbalances and fluid overload, and supporting kidney function until it recovers. In severe cases, dialysis may be necessary to temporarily replace kidney function.
  5. Can functional medicine help treat AKI?
    • Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to health and may offer additional strategies for supporting kidney health, such as optimizing nutrition, supporting detoxification, managing stress, and using supplementation. However, functional medicine approaches should complement, not replace, conventional medical care for AKI.
  6. What is the prognosis for AKI?
    • The prognosis for AKI depends on factors such as the underlying cause, severity of kidney injury, and promptness of treatment. In many cases, AKI is reversible with appropriate management, but severe cases can lead to chronic kidney disease or even kidney failure if left untreated.
  7. How can AKI be prevented?
    • Preventive measures for AKI include staying hydrated, avoiding medications or substances that can harm the kidneys (when possible), managing chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and seeking prompt medical attention for conditions that can increase the risk of AKI, such as infections or dehydration.
  8. When should I seek medical help for AKI?
    • If you experience symptoms suggestive of AKI, such as decreased urine output, swelling, confusion, or fatigue, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and improve outcomes.