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Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

That's your business: The medicine is safe. Even the crystal nephropathy that a few people get is expected to heal right up. Drink plenty of water. You owe it to yourself and those to whom you have responsibilities to be treated effectively for shingles -- it can be disabling. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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What is the causes chronic kidney diseases?

What is the causes chronic kidney diseases?

Many things: Chronic kidney disease is caused by many things. However, the top two causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. If you have any kidney disease, see your doctor. A blood test and urine analysis can narrow down and sometimes diagnose many of those causes. ...Read more

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Will i die from my kidney disease?

Will i die from my kidney disease?

Insufficient info: There is not sufficient information in your message to address this serious a question. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney disease?

What are symptoms of kidney disease?

Often no symptoms: Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms. For example, in diabetes, we check for micro-albumin (a protein ) in the urine. Patients don't feel it. If it's present, it suggests diabetic kidney disease. ...Read more

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I am very scared I have kidney disease?

I am very scared I have kidney disease?

See doctor...: Go to see doctor for reporting and evaluating why you feel scared of kidney disease, which can be assessed and verified with good history, physicals, urine and blood tests, etc. If indeed kidney disease does exist, doctor will guide you how to slow down the process of kidney disease. Meanwhile, practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession will benefit anyone immensely. Best. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Needs lab: Kidney failure is difficult to diagnose without laboratory test. The main clinical symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and sometimes itching. If you suspect that you have kidney disease, i suggest you see your physician when possible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Depends on the cause: There are dozens of causes of kidney disease; some are limited to the kidneys themselves, while others are associated with other systems in the body. Chronic kidney disease may have no symptoms and can only be determined by laboratory testing. Other types may range from minor symptoms to major illnesses, and need to be evaluated by a kidney specialist, often along with other health care providers. ...Read more

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Effects of weight losage in kidney disease?

Effects of weight losage in kidney disease?

Good: In general the healthier you are the less stress on your kidneys and your body in general. ...Read more

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Which phosphorous binder works best for kidney disease?

Best binder: All phosphate binders (PB) lower phosphorous (P) when taken after meals. A lot of nephrologists seem to prefer using PB's that have no calcium (C) in them and that is because all dialysis patients are C overloaded. The main reason to use one PB over another is the pill burden. PB's that have fewer pills per dose may have an edge because patients will take them more regularly, which is important ...Read more

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Is gatorade linked to kidney disease?

Is gatorade linked to kidney disease?

No!: Gatorade is not linked to any kidney disease that I have seen or heard about in 20 years of nephrology practice. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Kidney Diseases (Definition)

Kidney diseases include hereditary problems such as polycystic kidney disease, structural abnormalities, infections, cancer, and damage to kidneys due to other medical conditions ...Read more