Unusual rash or itchinessKaspars Grinvalds/Shutterstock
Properly functioning kidneys remove waste from the bloodstream and keep the circulatory system equipped with the proper balance of nutrients and minerals. When something in that balance goes awry, it can impact the look and feel of your skin, which reacts negatively to built-up waste. Because of this, rashes and itchiness can be common signs of kidney disease. These symptoms caused by kidney malfunction often feel like they go deeper than the skin’s surface, and topical treatments might yield little relief. Watch out for these everyday habits that could be harming your kidneys.
Metallic taste in the mouthRadu Bercan/Shutterstock
A build-up of toxins in the bloodstream as a result of poor kidney function could also contribute to a metallic taste in the mouth or foul breath. Some patients report that food begins to taste metallic. Others stop enjoying meat as much as they did when their kidneys were healthy. Here are some other health problems that bad breath can signal.