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Itchy Skin and Kidney Disease

2014-09-14 07:44

Itchy Skin and Kidney DiseaseItchy skin is a frequent question asked by many patients with kidney disease. It bothers them, especially in the advanced stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). If you are also suffering from skin itching, you can get help from this article. Any questions, you can email to

Possible causes of itchy skin

1. Toxin accumulation

Chronic Kidney Disease is a slow progressive disease. During this period, the kidneys are damaged, failing to discharge excessive wastes and toxins such creatinine and urea nitrogen. Urea, as the waste by-product of protein metabolism, is the culprit of itchy skin. Large amounts of urea with calcium can form crystals can build up in the skin, thus leading to skin itching.

2. High phosphorous level

Damaged kidneys also fail to maintain the electrolyte balance. As a result, high phosphorous level in the blood increases, leading to skin itching.

3. Side effects of medication

Medicines are prescribed by the doctor to relieve some symptoms such as swelling, proteinuria, hematuria, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, etc. However, some medicines also can produce wastes and toxins that will also cause itchy skin.

4. Dialysis

If you only itch on dialysis, an allergy may be the cause. One type of heparin (e.g., pork) might make you itch, while another does not. Or bleach used to clean the chair may be to blame.

5. Diet

Many foods are rich in phosphorous, for example, seeds, cheese, shellfish, nuts, pork, beef, low dairy products, soy foods. Avoid or limit these foods in your diet. Try to maintain a phosphorous level at 5.5 or less.

How to relieve itchy skin?

In fact, all the causes of itchy skin come down to one reason, namely, damaged kidneys. Therefore, to repair the damaged renal cells and improve kidney function is the key to relieving skin itching. Since I do not know you own condition, I cannot give you specific suggestions. In that case, you can leave a message below or contact our doctor online directly.

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