Some kidney disease patients complain about they are suffering from skin problems which discount the quality of their life to a certain degree. Three skin conditions that sometimes affect those kidney disease patients include itching, dry skin and skin discoloration. Here we will mainly talk about dry skin.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin is also a common condition for patients with end stage renal disease. Kidney failure may make changes in the sweat glands and oil glands, which causes the skin to dry out. Dry skin can lead to infections and can cause skin wounds to heal slower than they should. Dry skin can also cause itching.
How can kidney disease cause dry skin?
The kidneys work with hormones in the body to retain or excrete fluids. These organs also maintain electrolyte levels, produce urine and filter waste from the blood. When function declines because of chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, the kidneys cannot perform these normal functions. This leads to changes in the skin and other parts of the body. Kidney disorders can lead to chronic dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in. This chronic dehydration leads to dry skin. Kidney disease also inhibits the oil-producing glands of the skin. Without the proper amount of oil, the skin becomes dry. As kidney disease progresses, a build-up of waste in the blood makes the itching worse.
How to treat dry skin?
To prevent or treat dry skin, avoid long, hot showers or baths as they can dry the skin even more. Choose your soaps carefully. Look for soaps that have natural, pure ingredients without harsh perfumes and chemicals. A moisturizing soap for sensitive skin can be a good choice. There are also bath products made with oatmeal created for dry, itchy skin that can be found at drug stores.
Apply a moisturizing, high-water content gel, lotion or cream to the body right after bathing, while the skin is still damp. Avoid creams or lotions with alcohol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about dry skin treatments that are available. You may have to try a few products before you find one that works best for you.
There is no doubt that dry skin can be treated naturally if the renal function can be recovered. Nowadays, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is commonly used to treat various of kidney diseases. It becomes more and more popular around the world as it aims at repairing kidney damage and recovering renal function. If you want to know more or you still need medical advises for your other symptoms, you can directly consult Live Doctor about your condition or leave a message below.
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