Commonly, bruised kidney is recognized by the appearance of bruise on skin’s surface that is close to kidney. The bruise can be seen as discoloration of the skin’s surface which will turn the color of the skin from normal into darker color.
There are some factors that can cause bruised kidney. Commonly, bruise is caused by trauma on the tissue or the blood vessels.
For bruised kidney, the trauma occurs on the kidney. Commonly, trauma related to kidney is caused by direct impact or physical contact with other things, such as accident or being kicked.
The trauma will occur in lower back area. Although, due to the position, our kidney are quite protected by many parts of body, such as abdomen, strong back muscle, the spine and lower rib cages, injury or trauma is still possible occurred on kidney.
Kidney have quite large supply of blood, so when it gets injured, the injury can cause bleeding. The bleeding occurs when the blood vessel in the lower back is busted as the result of the injury, which will trap the blood underneath the skin and creates bruise.
What Are Symptoms of Bruised Kidney?
When you suffer from bruised kidney, there are some symptoms that you can feel and see. The symptom will appear as the result of traumatic injury in the lower back area.
The first and the main symptom of bruised kidney is the pain in the lower back area. Commonly, the pain can be felt right away after the contact or impact.
When you try to touch and press the skin, you will feel the pain. Moreover, you can also feel the pain in other places such as upper abdomen and area between ribs and flank, as well as tenderness in the flank and the abdomen areas.
Another symptom of bruised kidney is discoloration, which means a condition when the color of injured skin’s area turned into darker color. Discoloration can occurs directly or indirectly after the injury.
When the impact is quite severe, the process of discoloration will occurs at the point of impact. However, it is also possible that the process of discoloration occurs some hours after the impact.
Commonly, it happens due to the minor leak of the blood vessel. It needs times for the leak blood vessel to create bruise and it is also possible that this symptom also followed by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and blood in urine.
Severer injury in the kidney can lead to secondary symptoms such as low blood pressure and losing too much blood. If the injure last longer and doesn’t treat well, it can be quite dangerous and life-threatening.
What Does a Bruised Kidney Feel Like?
When you get bruised kidney, mostly, you will feel pain in the area of bruise as the result of the impact or injury which will last 2 – 5 days, but it also depends on how severe the injury is. When it is quite severe, the pain can last over a week.
Although you don’t feel the pain, you may still feel the pain when you touch or put pressure to the injured area which will limit your movement. The body movement will trigger the pain, especially when the skin and muscle are stretched.
When you walk or do activities, it is impossible not to move your lower back. So you can feel the pain when you move your body.
Commonly, when you get bruised kidney, you will feel different sensation in the bruised area. The bruised area will feel quite stiffer compared with the normal skin which caused by the blood that clots in one area.
When the impact is quite severe, such as being hit or kicked by something hard, the bruised kidney is also followed by swollen skin. The swollen skin is caused by some factors such as the shocked muscle or internal injury.
Treatment for Bruised Kidney
Treatment for bruised kidney is done for relieving the pain and reducing the size of bruise. Basically, the bruise will disappears once the bleeding is stop and the blood flow run smoothly.
Taking a rest is important in the process of treatment. By taking a rest and not moving a lot, it can prevent the injury getting worse and it will also help you relieve the pain when you don’t move a lot.
You need to protect the bruised area from getting any further impacts. Besides taking a rest, drinking enough water is also recommended in the process of healing.
Some people also do some treatments for the bruised kidney. Commonly, cold and warm compress is applied the bruised area.
The different temperature has different function in the treatment process. Commonly, the cold compress is applied right after the compress which aims to constrict the blood vessel as well as reducing the size of the bruise.
Cold compress can also effective way to reduce the pain. You need to wrap up the ice cube then compress the bruised area.
The warm compress is applied 48 hour after the bruise appears or the impacts. The warm temperature aims to smooth the blood flood in the bruised area.
The smooth flow will help you to clear away the damage blood cells which results in the faster healing process. Besides cold and warm compress, some people also take some OTC medicines such as Acetaminophen for pain relief but you need to avoid some anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin that can clog the blood.
How Long Does It Take a Bruised Kidney to Heal?
How long it will take for bruised kidney to heal depends on some factors. It depends on how severe the trauma is and the treatment that is done.
In the mild injury or trauma, the bruised kidney can be healed for 1 – 2 weeks. However, in the severer condition, it can take more than 2 weeks for bruised kidney to heal.
It can also depend in how you treat the bruised kidney. Commonly, when you do proper treatment for bruised kidney such as taking enough rest and applying cold and warm compress, it can be healed faster.
Patience is the key to get the better and faster result. People often think that bruise can be healed automatically, but actually you need to be patient enough in treating the bruised kidney.