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Stage 5 Kidney Failure: How to Deal with Repeated Cold

Stage 5 Kidney Failure: How to Deal with Repeated ColdCold (also called influenza, or flu) is a contagious disease caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract including nose, throat, and lungs. It is no fun for everyone, but as a person with Stage 5 Kidney Failure, he or she is in a high-risk group if they suffer from repeated cold. Hence, it is very necessary to deal with this problem as soon as possible.

Stage 5 Kidney Failure can weaken the body's immune system, so the flu is 3 to 4 times more likely to result in pneumonia and cause more rapid decline of kidney function and worse the symptoms. In the worse cases, the flu may cause a hospital stay or even death.

So, how to deal with repeated cold in Stage 5 Kidney Failure?

• Take medicines such as Tamiflu or Relenza for 5 days may help ease the course and help to prevent complications. Take the drugs within 48 hours of getting flu symptoms. The sooner one start them, the better they work. You can email at for personalized advice on drugs.

• Adopt saline (salt-water) nasal spray to help a stuffy or dry nose. Use s humidifier can make it easier to breathe or can help a cough.

• Check your serum potassium level in case too-high or too-low potassium may occur due to the diet. Loss of appetite due to catching the cold may affect the potassium levels.

• Keep the fluids in balance. For the exact amount of water intake, please talk with your doctor or consult our online kidney experts for free advice!

• Ask some person to be on hand to help if you catch a flu. It's best if this person has had a flu shot. He or she can help you cook and bring you meals, run errands, and fetch tissues, etc which can save your energy for healing soon.

• Once severe complications occur like a sinus infection or pneumonia, you need to see the doctor promptly.

Hope the above suggestions about deal with repeated cold in Stage 5 Kidney Failure can be helpful to you. For further information, please leave a message below or email to directly.

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