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Why Do Kidney Disease Patients Itch So Much

Why Do Kidney Disease Patients Itch So MuchPatients with kidney disease often have many obvious symptoms, among which itching is very common and can influence patients’ life greatly. Itching may make patients have sleeping problem and dysphoria emotion, and these will worsen patients’ life quality easily. Thereby, patients may have this curiosity: why do patients with kidney disease itch so much?

In fact, itching in patients with kidney disease can be caused by several reasons, and that is why this condition is hard to improve.

Causes of itching in patients with kidney disease:

A major cause of itching in kidney disease patients is the accumulation of nitrogen metabolites in blood, which can cause the atrophy of patients’ sebaceous gland and sweat gland. Patents’ skin may have desquamation and become dry, which may cause patients to have itching.

Patients’ itching may also be caused by the hyperfunctioning of parathyroid gland. Patients with kidney disease often have hypocalcemia, which can stimulate patients’ parathyroid gland to excrete parathyroid hormone, which will lead to the accumulation of calcium in skin and the excretion of histamine. While these factors can cause patients to have itching.

Besides, patients with kidney disease need to take many medicines and patients in dialysis will contact many medical instruments. While some medicines may cause allergic reaction to them, which may cause they to have itching.

What’s more, patients may also have itching which are caused by the nerve problem when they are in late stage of renal disease, and this kind of itching may not be relived by medicine treatment.

What can patients do to relieve their condition?

To relive their itching, patients should take measures according to their condition. If their itching is caused by the nitrogen metabolite’s accumulation, they should control their protein intake, and dialysis may be used if the condition is too severe. While if their condition is caused by the hyperfunction of parathyroid gland, cutting the parathyroid gland off will relieve their condition. Besides, patients can also smear cooling oil or apply frozen towel on their itching skin to relieve their itching.

These are some basic points about itching in patients with kidney disease. While when patients have itching, they should consult their doctor’s advice to improve their condition, and that can help patients take measures according to their own condition.

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