End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is also known as Stage 5 Kidney Disease, having lost almost all the filterable and regulating function. As a result, swelling is very common in ESRD patients. Here I want to share with you some general information about the care of swelling in ESRD. I hope you will benefit from this article.
In general, there are several common ways to deal with this situation. Medicines, some home remedies and natural therapies are included in the treatment plan.
The most quick relief of a swelling may be almost achieved by medicines. The commonly used or prescribed medicines are diuretics. As swelling are caused by water-sodium retention, removing the excessive fluids is the solution. Diuretics can help kidneys form more urine and thus wastes and toxins accumulation inside the body can be discharged effectively through urine. However, medicines have side effects and over-dosage of diuretics may even elevate your creatinine level, which is a very bad sign of your kidney function. Therefore, you’d better consult your doctor when you decided to take diuretics.
- Home Remedies
Home remedies can be chosen as an assistant method to treat swelling. If the swelling is mild, you should firstly have a good rest to protect the swelling area from becoming worse. Another method is to elevate your swelling area, such as legs, arms and ankles. The purpose is to prevent fluids affect other areas by elevating the level above your heart.
- Chinese herbs
Unlike diuretics, Chinese herbs are not chemical drugs. All the herbs come from the nature. Those herbs that have diuretic function include nettle, dandelion, agrimony and alfalfa and so on.
Apart from those listed above, designing a healthy diet plan can be a very helpful care of swelling in ESRD. We can give you some professional suggestions for that. Contact our experts online or leave a message below, and you will get an answer.