GFR, which stands for Glomerular Filtration Rate, is an indicator reflecting your kidney function. When GFR reduces, it means your kidneys are not working adequately to filter wastes and toxins, maintain water and electrolyte balance, and secrete vitamin D. Well then, do you get itching with GFR 49?
What does GFR 49 mean?
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is divided into five stages according to GFR levels:
● Stage 1: Slightly diminished function; kidney damage with normal or relatively high GFR (≥90 ml/min).
● Stage 2: Mild reduction in GFR (60–89 ml/min) with kidney damage.
● Stage 3: Moderate reduction in GFR (30–59 ml/min).
● Stage 4: Severe reduction in GFR (15–29 ml/min).
● Stage 5: Established kidney failure (GFR <15 ml/min).
You can see GFR 49 means you are in Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. This stage is irreversible and immediate treatment should be taken to prevent it from developing into Stage 4 CKD or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
Why do you get itching with GFR 49?
As mentioned above, GFR 49 means you are in Stage 3 CKD. With moderate kidney damage, many symptoms will be caused. Itchy skin is very common. Factors that may be associated itching include:
● Toxic accumulation
Damage kidneys fail to filter excessive wastes toxins, such as creatinine and urea nitrogen. As a result, a high level of urea may deposit in the skin, and it is the main cause of itching.
● Electrolyte disorder
When GFR reduces to 49ml/min, the kidneys have fail to maintain the balance of electrolyte. As a result, calcium and phosphorus combines to form crystals that deposit in the skin to cause skin itching.
● Side effects of medicines
Some medicines that are used to relieve some symptoms such as swelling, high blood pressure, pain or digestive problems can lead to itchy skin. You can consult your doctor about the medicines you are taking. He or she may recommend you reduce the dosage or even stop taking certain medicines.
Itching can be associated with other health problems such as liver disease, sweat and dermatitis. You should not take medicines before finding the real cause.
How do you get rid of itching?
Treatment should be based on the real cause. You have got a general understanding of the cause of itching and you can consult out doctor online for specific suggestions. We have been aiming at treating symptoms from the root, namely, improving kidney function by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).