Protein in Urine: Symptoms & Effects

protein in urine symptoms & effects
Protein in Urine: Symptoms & Effects

Protein in Urine: Symptoms & Effects

Protein in urine, also known as proteinuria, can be a concerning condition.  A small amount of protein in human urine is normal, as the kidneys are responsible for flushing the body out using urine and holding on to important nutrients (like protein).
However, a large amount can be an early sign of kidney disease and should not be ignored.  When the kidneys are not functioning properly, they will not be able to properly filter the blood and will allow proteins to leak through. If proteinuria is allowed to get out of control, it can cause such severe damage, as such that patients may need dialysis (Dialysis Wiki Page) or even a kidney transplant.

Symptoms of Protein in Urine

Part of what can make proteinuria dangerous, is the lack of symptoms.  Many people suffering from proteinuria may be totally asymptomatic until the problem has become serious.  If you do experience symptoms, they will probably be minor. The best way to find out if you have it is through a urine test.
Possible symptoms of proteinuria include:

  • Foamy urine.
  • Swelling in hands.
  • Swelling in feet.
  • Swelling in face.

There are many diseases and illnesses that may cause proteinuria, as well.  These include:

  • Leukemia.
  • Malaria.
  • Lupus.