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Why Itchy Skin Occur in Kidney Failure

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Kidney function is severely damaged when kidney disease progresses into kidney failure. Therefore, many symptoms will occur due to kidney dysfunction. Itchy skin is one of the troublesome symptoms. Why itchy skin occur in kidney failure?

Kidney is the blood cleaner. it filtrates the waste products and toxins that produced in our body and discharge them through urine. When kidney failure attacks, the kidney cannot well discharge the toxins, like urea, uric acid, creatinine. So they will build up in the blood and cause damage to kidney. A small amount of toxins will be discharged through skin and crystallize on the skin. The skin will be stimulated and itchy skin occurs.

The kidney keep our body healthy by regulating electrolyte balance. When the kidney function is damaged, there will be electrolyte disorder. Calcium and phosphorus are related to itchy skin. Calcium and phosphorus disorder such as hypocalcemia and hyperphosphorus is one of the causes of itchy skin.

Dry skin can also contribute to itchy skin. There are some cases that can cause dry skin.

a. Because of the high plasma osmotic pressure caused by the high level of toxins in the blood, the fluid in the skin will transfer to the blood vessel, leading to dry skin.

b. Patients with hemodialysis are easy to have itchy skin because much fluid will be discharged through dialysis machine, and the skin will be dehydrated.

c. When one catch kidney failure, the sebaceous gland will secrete less grease and the fluid can not be kept by the skin, causing dry skin.

The above are the reasons of why itchy skin occur in kidney failure. Patients with itchy skin should wipe the skin with warm water day to day and keep the skin clean. For more advice to itchy skin, you can contact the online doctor or leave a message below!

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