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Chronic Renal Failure with Retaining Water: Causes and Treatments


2013-09-11 14:20

Chronic Renal Failure with Retaining Water: Causes and TreatmentsWith the progress of chronic renal failure, kidneys make little to no urine, and then swollen legs or feet may occur as a consequence of retaining water and sodium. If uncontrolled effectively, water retention may lead to some life-threatening complications. Thereby, finding out the causes and treatments of retaining water in chronic renal failure is fairly necessary.

What causes retaining water in chronic renal failure?

Diseased kidneys are the root causes of fluid retention. Normally, five types of kidney inherent kidney cells, glomerular epithelial cells, glomerular endothelial cells, glomerular mesangial cells, renal interstitial fibroblasts and renal tubular epithelial cells, can make sure kidneys’ optimal job. However, because of various factors to attack kidneys, these inherent cells are damaged gradually. When 50% of kidney function is lost, it can’t work properly that retains fluid in the body easily.

How to manage retaining water for chronic renal failure?

The effective treatments should be that can reduce the fluid supplement and make extra fluid discharged from the body. Therefore, fluid intake should be controlled. If you are faced with retaining water, the following tips can help you restrict water intake:

● Limit the amount of sodium to less than 3g and spicy foods in your diet.

● Stay cool. Keeping cool can reduce your desire to drink water.

● Sip your drinks that can make you savor the liquid longer.

● Be aware of hidden fluid in food especially in fruit, and this part of fluid should be also involved in the total amount of your daily fluid intake.

● Take your medications along with your meal.

Besides, some diuretics are used to increase the kidney output, and some foods or herbs also have such an effect, for example, dandelion root tea, nettle leaf tea, salvia tea, celery, watermelon, etc, all can prompt more fluid eliminated from the body.

If necessary, dialysis or blood purification may be used to replace damaged kidney to cleanse blood by removing wastes and excess water from the body. As for which treatment is suitable for you, it should depend on your specific condition.




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