Kidney Health

Kidneys filter impurities, waste, and excess water out of the blood and body. It is important to maintain the kidneys' health, as they can be damaged by hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Kidney damage can lead to malnutrition, nerve damage, and bone weakness.

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Does excessive intake of potassium chloride cause cardiac arrest?

Query: Hi doctor, By mistake, I had potassium chloride powder of one teaspoon today, just before an hour. When I checked on the internet, it says that it may cause cardiac arrest. How true is that? What should I do now to avoid any side effect?  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you do not have any kidney dysfunction, then there is nothing to worry. One teaspoon will give potassium equivalent to around 50 to 60 meq and for which our body has capacity to excrete that if there is no previous kidney and cardiac complaint. It may cause acidity, so...  Read Full »

How do nephrolithiasis and soft tissue calcification vary?

Query: Hi doctor, The findings of my 12 year old daughter's x-ray showed a cluster of 3 mm density overlying the right kidney, which may represent soft tissue calcification versus nephrolithiasis. I would like to get a clear understanding of the difference between soft tissue calcification and nephrolithi...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Somani

Nephrologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nephrolithiasis means kidney stones and soft tissue calcification means any part of renal parenchyma gets high deposits of calcium and show up in x-ray. I want to know the reason for x-ray done. Is she having pain in the flank or burning sensation in urine or fever or vo...  Read Full »

Why does my oxygen saturation level go down if I reduce the steroid dose?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 59 year old male. I had kidney stones problem for nearly eight years. I had multiple operations such as right pyelolithotomy and left ureterolithotomy to remove stone during that period. Now, after 20 years, I got a sudden pain and my ultrasound detected kidney stone. I had a CT s...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivekanandan G

Andrologist, Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good that you remained without any major stone episodes for more than 10 years. Your creatinine level is normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which is good. You can wait and follow up every three months with ultrasound for stones. The best would ...  Read Full »

Is it possible for Lithium and Ibuprofen interaction to result in neurological toxicity?

Query: I want to know if it is possible for a young person (age 27) to experience neurological lithium toxicity WITHOUT showing evidence of kidney damage/problems. I have been taking 1200mg of Lithium for 5 years. Last year I suffered an injury which required regular pain management. I was told to take I...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi. this is pure drug drug interaction which is well known with Lithium. in fact Lithium interacts with many drugs and is one of the drugs with narrow therapeutic index. Symptoms of Lithium toxicity can develop even in absence of kidney damage as they are mainly due to increased lithium concentratio...  Read Full »

Kidney size is small with high creatinine level. Can we get normal functioning of kidney?

Query: Hello doctor, My aunt's creatinine level is 5.7 and her kidney size of 8*3.4 cm (right and left). Currently she, is under treatment. Looking forward to know if it can be brought to normal kidney functioning? What time does it take to become normal? Her BP is 150/95 mmHg. She is under medication f...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. To help you better I need further details. Since how long is she suffering from this? How are her blood pressure and blood sugar? How is her urine output? Where is she located? Revert with the asked details for better help.  Read Full »

Please suggest a cough medicine for a kidney transplant patient.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is a kidney transplant patient. He had his transplant a year ago. Right now he is having wet cough and cold. It started yesterday. He is taking Pangraf 1.5 mg, Cellcept 500 mg, Septran and Wysolone daily. Which medicines should we give him for cough and cold?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, most of the cough and common cold are upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) issues, which are self-limiting and respond without antibiotics. But since he is on immunosupressants, he would be considered for antibiotics if he develops any high grade fe...  Read Full »

Are high fever and chills symptoms of kidney stone?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41 year old woman and started having severe lower back pain and nausea about a week ago. Went to the ER, had a CT scan, diagnosed with a 6.5 mm kidney stone in my right ureter with mild hydronephrosis. I was given Percocet and sent home with instructions to see a urologist. I was ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. High fever and chill are indicative of infection indeed and as we have a cause rightly evident there are chances that you may be developing hydronephrosis (accumulation of urine in swollen kidney) in the right kidney and a secondary infection following stasis of urin...  Read Full »

I have high serum creatinine. Is my kidney function normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old male. Weight 67 kg, height 5'5". My serum creatinine is 1.2 mg/dl and urea is 20 mg/dl. My hemoglobin is 14.5 gm/dl. Vitamin D is 20.2 ng/ml. HbA1c is 6 %. I want to know whether my kidney function is normal on the basis of my blood reports. Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. To help you better, I need to know your blood pressure, any ultrasound report, if done. Revert back with the asked details for better help.  Read Full »

Will taking protein powder in high quantities affect kidneys?

Query: Hi doctor, I heard that a high intake of protein powder will affect kidney functions (by forming kidney stones). Is it true?  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Diabetologist, Family Physician, Microbiologist, Nutritionist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Too much of any nutrient is not good for the body. But when you say 'high amount', it is a relative term. What seems 'high amount' to you may not be really high. If you think you are taking too much protein, please do mention what kind of protein you are taking and...  Read Full »

Does foamy urine mean any kidney issue?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has suffered from a stroke 12 years back (left hemisensory infarct) and four years back has undergone CABG. He is also a diabetic for the past 27 years. Three days back he developed high fever 103.5 with stomach ache and chills. 650 or Meftal forte SOS for high fever. He is bet...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, an acute infection is known to cause protein in the urine that can cause frothy urine. Moreover, urinary tract infection can also cause this. I would recommend you to get his urine test repeated after two weeks. A strict blood sugar and blood pressure control would...  Read Full »

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