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Dry Skin and Chronic Kidney Disease

Dry Skin and Chronic Kidney DiseaseSkin change is a common symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease. The common skin problems in CKD are dry skin and itchy skin.

What is Dry Skin?

Dry Skin is a common complaint in patients with end stage kidney disease or Kidney Failure. Dry skin means that your skin are not as moist as it should be, in which condition your skin is lack of water.

If you have dry skin, you may experience a feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming.

How Are Dry Skin and Chronic Kidney Disease Connected?

The kidneys work with hormones in the body to retain or excrete fluids. These organs also maintain electrolyte levels, produce urine and filter waste from the blood. When kidneys are damaged, the declined kidney function will cause kidneys cannot work normally, which may make changes in the sweat glands and oil glands. This is how kidney disease causes skin to dry out.

How to Treat Dry Skin Caused by Chronic Kidney Disease?

Dry skin can lead to infections and cause the skin wounds to heal slower, which can contribute to itchy skin. Dry skin caused by kidney disorders causes itching, discomfort and, sometimes, flaking. As kidney disease progresses, a build-up of waste in the blood makes the itching worse.

The treatments for dry skin in CKD should deal with both skin changes and underlying kidney damages. If you happen to be a person with dry skin, you may be recommended to try one or more of the following treatments.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy has been established to treat kidney disease for about 27 years. It saved many CKD families. It is suggested for it develops based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which helps repair the damaged kidney tissues and improve kidney functions. As the dry skin is caused by the underling kidney damage, this therapy can help reverse the underlying cause.

Chinese Herbs. Certain herbs show natural ability to alleviate the dry skin. As herbs are from natural plants, they shows no side effects in most cases. If you have interest, in the Chinese Herbs, you can Get Personalized Herbs List from Our TCM Professor

Medicated Bath. Based on the Chinese herbs, Medicated Bath can alleviate the skin problem by bathing. TCM practioners prescrip the personalized herbs to you and make them into herbal juice. The herbal juice will be put into the bath water. And the herbal ingredients will alleviate your itching problems through your skin.

Healthy Living. The following healthy measure also help deal with the itching skin in CKD patients.

- Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing.

- Moisturize your skin. Moisturizers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping.

- Avoid harsh, drying soaps. If you have dry skin, it's best to use cleansing creams or gentle skin cleansers and bath or shower gels with added moisturizers.

- Use warm water and limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin.

- Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin. Natural fibers, such as cotton and silk, allow your skin to breathe.

Specific Diet. Because dry skin may cause itching skin, thereby, patients are suggested to avoid high phosphorus diet. High phosphorus level will worsen the itching skin condition. To take a low phosphorus levels, you are suggested to limit milk and dairy products, such as yogurt, ice cream an puddings to a total daily maximum of 1/2 cup to 1 cup. If you have interest, you can get the low phosphorus foods list from our renal dietitian. Contact Email:

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