What are the symptoms of IgA Nephropathy?
Depending on your kidney function and the activity of the disease, you might experience different symptoms.
You may notice episodes of blood in the urine, where the urine appears tea-colored or like ‘coca-cola.’ This may often occur after a throat or stomach infection and sometimes after heavy exercise.
Often, blood in the urine may not be visible to your naked eye, but your doctor can perform a urine test that can detect small amounts of blood and protein in the urine. Sometimes this may only be discovered when you have a routine medical exam for other reasons.
You may also have high blood pressure, which can reflect kidney damage.
Sometimes, the disease presents as ‘IgA vasculitis’ and can involve other organs as well. In this case, you may notice a rash, especially on the legs, diarrhea, leg swelling, joint pains, and the features described above.
Some symptoms that may suggest the disease is at a late stage include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, or leg swelling.