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Shortness of breath can occur in some some cases of chronic kidney disease( CKD),especially when you lying on back.It is due to excess fluid in lung.
Why does shortness of breath occur in chronic kidney disease?
The main task of the kidneys is to purify blood by extracting fluids from it and then disposing it off in the form of urine.It is also involved in regulating regulating sodium levels,excess of which is eliminated through urine. Too much of sodium in the body can cause fluid retention in any part of the body. At initial stage, it mainly occurs around eyes. If more fluid build up in body, the lung will be filled with fluid. In chronic kidney disease, the diseased kidneys fail to remove extra fluids from body and can not balance the electrolyte of minerals. As a result, fluid in lung will occur.When the lungs flooded with fluids,the patients will experience shortness of breath. It is a very dangerous condition requiring immediate intervention treatment.
How to deal with shortness of breath in chronic kidney disease?
*Diuretics are usually prescribed to eliminate fluid in lung. It can increase urinary rate to help the elimination of fluids.
*The patients with chronic kidney disease and shortness of breath must keep a low-salt healthy diet.High intake of sodium can cause thirsty, thus elevating fluid intake. Also, it can worsen the retention of sodium in body.
* Keep fluid restriction. How much fluids should be taken each day is up to the kidney damage degree and the daily urine output.
*Some Chinese herbal medicines have a diuretic effect such as plantain herb,Desmodium,grifola.
*If kidneys fail to work, Dialysis will be prescribed. It can take a partial function of the kidneys to remove excess fluids from body. However, it is not a cure for chronic kidney disease.
The above are the causes of shortness of breath and fluid in lung in chronic kidney disease and some ways to deal with them. You can consult use on line to get more detailed information on this topic.