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Why Kidney Failure Cause Skin Itching

2012-12-21 15:39

Skin itching is one major symptom and discomfort among kidney failure patients especially those that are on dialysis. According to the the reports of American Academy, there are nearly half patients with end stage renal failure have itching skin. Other more common problems caused by kidney failure include sleep problem, depression, bone problems, restless leg syndrome.

Skin itching can be caused by a variety of factors.

Dry skin

For end stage renal disease patients, their kidneys fail to clear metabolic wastes and excessive minerals such as calcium and phosphorus in the blood. As a result, the body will naturally remove liquid in the skin to the bloodstream to cope with too high mineral level. Skin dehydration will cause itching feeling which can be alleviated after being moisturized or rehydrated.

Histamine release

Histamine is a kind of protein which will be released by the body when there is foreign materials invading the body. The skin might feel itching as an allergic reactions to histamine release. On the other hand, histamine can cause less fluid in the blood vessels and this will worsen skin dehydration. In this cases, anti-histamine medicines might help achieve instant relief.


Dialysis can cause a series of complications and side effects and one of them is itching skin. This is because dialysis can cause the skin to produce less oil. Creams and some oil-based products can help in this case. Another reason is release of histamine due to allergies that dialysis patients might experience.

How to alleviate skin itching

Here I recommend a natural, healthy, comfortable and effective therapy for alleviating itching skin for kidney failure patients---medicated bath. Patients can treat disease at the same time of taking bath. What is more this therapy process is very comfortable and have no side effects or injuries to the body.

Medicated bath is to put certain medicines or substances into the water to help alleviate discomforts and treat diseases.

The commonly adopted medicated bath for alleviating skin itching are:

Baking soda bath

Peppermint bath

Oatmeal bath

For more detailed information about the medicated bath, consult the doctors for safety and effectiveness.

Medicated bath can not only alleviate skin itching, but also have many other benefits like relieving fatigue, improving systemic blood circulation.

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