Excretory System Diseases

All about the Urinary Excretory System Diseases

There are number of excretory system diseases, from the very mild to the excruciating and dangerous.  The excretory system is the end point of the digestive system, where body converts food and drink into a form where it can be pushed out of the body.  You might think of it as a miniature waste disposal system right down insider your abdomen.  It is important not only because it takes care of the waste that your body can find no use for after you have eaten but because it also takes care of those waste materials that are circulating in the blood.  For this reason, diseases that affect the excretory system can have serious repercussions for overall health.  Furthermore, some diseases will first be detected when they start to have effects on the excretory system.

The urinary excretory system is dominated by four main parts: the bladder where the urine is briefly housed until it can be excreted out of the body, the kidneys, that help to further break down the urine, the ureters, and the urethra—the passage through which the urine exits the body.  Often the medical community defines excretory system diseases according to the main organ that they affect.

Bladder Diseases

One of the most widespread problems of excretory system diseases are bladder infections.  Bladder infections often arise when someone does not successfully void their bladders on a regular basis.  Even though the bladder is meant to be the body’s holding area for urine, when urine remains in the bladder, its acidity can, over time, irritate the lining of the bowel and begin to lead to infection.

When a person is suffering from a bladder infection or some other bladder related condition, the bladder will tell them by not functioning properly.  Thus, if you are suffering from a bowel infection you might find that you always seem to have a need to go pee.  Alternatively, you may have difficulty getting yourself to urinate, or when you do urinate only a trickle comes out.  Painful urination is also a sign that something is wrong with the bladder.

A bladder problem may be a sign of deeper underlying condition and you should not ignore it.  If you suddenly experience a change in the quality of your urination or experience pain or any other unusual symptoms, you should make an appointment immediately, so that you can get the problem diagnosed and fixed before it develops any further—this can literally be a matter of life and death.

Kidney Diseases

The kidneys are one of the vital organs in the body.  They are two filtration systems that the body uses to remove waste from the circulatory system and to change it into urine.  You might think of it almost like a factory that produces urine.  For this reason, excretory system diseases that affect the kidneys are often considered some of the most serious.  If left untreated or not caught in time, kidney diseases and diseases that affect the kidneys can result in the premature death of the sufferer.

For that reason, you should consider any kind of change in the quality of your urine as an important warning sign.  If, for example you notice blood in your urine or if your urine comes out in a very unusual color, these are both signs that the kidneys may be overwhelmed.

Another painful side effect is kidney stones.  When too much urine remains in the kidneys, they will typically form into pebble like accumulations that when they are released can be quite painful to pass.  Sometimes such stones can block the urinary tract or get caught in the bladder in such a way that they form a blockage or cause infection.  This problem is more common in older individuals than in the young.

Regardless of what your problem is, if it is involved in the excretory system, you should be sure to get it checked out by a physician at your earliest convenience to avoid letting the problem develop into a major problem.