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Water Retention In Kidney Failure Patients

2013-05-18 14:13

Water retention is a common symptom among kidney failure patients and it is not hard to understand why this happens. Because kidneys are vital organs for regulating water and electrolyte balances, removing metabolic wastes and toxins from the blood.

When kidney functions are severely impaired, patients are easy to develop water retention due to declined renal filtration ability. These excess water will cause swelling in the face, legs, ankles, feet or in serious cases cause pleural effusion or even pulmonary edema and affect the patient’s normal breath or even heart functions.

The first thing for alleviating water retention for the patients is to limit fluid intake. This can be on one hand reduce the buildup of fluid in the body, on the other hand it can help reduce burdens to the kidneys and reduce other complications.

The second thing is to have some diuretics or some foods that can help increase urine output so as to help remove excess fluid out of the body.

The most important and effective way to relieve water retention for kidney failure patients is to repair renal damages and recover the kidney’s filtration ability. When kidney functions are improved, water and sodium retention can be relieved and patients need not to limit water intake or take diuretics drugs any more.

Immunotherapy is another treatment option for kidney failure patient besides dialysis and kidney transplant. Immunotherapy is the combination of Chinese and western therapies and it can not only help relieve water retention, swelling, proteinuria, high blood pressure and other symptoms caused by kidney failure, but also it can help repair damaged renal tissues and enhance kidney functions.

Immunotherapy will also adopt dialysis if water retention is very serious. Dialysis is effective at removing too much water retention in the body. Even though, patients need to limit water intake between dialysis sessions. But the good thing is that patients will not become dependent on dialysis because more effective treatment will be offered to the patients and kidney functions can be gradually improved.

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