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How To Stop Skin Itching In Chronic Kidney Disease

Skin Itching or purities may be a symptom of renal failure that can occur at any stage of the disease. The Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream notably urea, createnine and bicarbonates. It also ensures the balance of minerals such as sodium, phosphorus and potassium. When the kidneys fail, the build-up of these waste in your blood can cause severe or intense skin itching.

Patients with kidney disease may accumulate excessive phosphorus which contributes reddening of the eye and skin itching. Phosphorus is a mineral present in many foods for improved bone function. Phosphorus levels increase in the blood when the kidneys are not functioning properly. In advance kidney failure, phosphorus level in the blood bonds with calcium from the bones to form tiny solid crystals.  These crystals then move to the surfaces of the skin through the blood stream to react with sweat to cause intense skin itching.

Also, in states of prolonged kidney failure, high levels of urea are secreted by sweat glands in the skin since the kidneys ability to remove urea is compromised. As water evaporates off of the skin, it results in crystallization of the remaining urea which also intensifies skin itching.

It may affect your whole body or be limited to a specific area – usually your back or arms. Itching tends to affects both sides of the body at the same time and may feel internal, like a crawling feeling just below the skin.  Other accompanying Signs and symptoms of kidney failure may include: Decreased urine output, although occasionally urine output remains normal, Fluid retention, causing swelling in your legs, ankles or feet and Shortness of breath.

Making the appropriate dietary changes including avoidance high protein and phosphate rich foods can stop skin itching. Foods such as organ meat, sausage, chicken, cheese, eggs, canned fruits juice and vegetables, soft and energy drinks, coffee as well as all cocoa products must be avoided at all cost to reduce the intensity of an itchy skin in kidney disease.

Processed foods and drinks manufacturers use phosphorous as a preservative and as flavor enhancer. The phosphate added to processed food is usually writing is E numbers which is usually difficult for consumers to understand. The following E numbers represent the present of phosphate in a processed food: E338, E339, E340, E341, E343, E450,E451 and E452.

Fresh fruit juice prepared from cucumber, lemon and ginger can help neutralize excess phosphorus and break the calcium-phosphorus bonds in the blood to reduce skin itching. Also, a salad of raw carrot and cabbage, sprinkled with a tablespoon of honey will purify the blood system ensuring that excesses of these crystals are removed from the body through sweat or urine.

Lastly, share butter nourishes the skin, removes debris and dirt and provides vitamin E needed for the skin elasticity. Regular application of share butter to the skin removes infection and reduces itching in kidney diseases.

Kidney disease and its accompanying health challenges leave many of its victims in a confused state. While I appreciate that the above recommendations might be helpful in providing relief for allergic reactions, medications side effects, nutritional deficiency, use of certain toiletries or cleaningproducts or even physiological inefficiency, I highly recommend individuals experiencing these signs to consult a skin or kidney specialist in other to rule out either possibilities.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect The Chronicle’s stance.

 



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