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Why Kidney Failure Patients Feel Short of Breath

2013-12-07 11:08

Why Kidney Failure Patients Feel Short of BreathShortness of breath is a common symptom that kidney failure patients suffer from. What causes the shortness of breath? How to treat shortness of breath? Here are some corresponding introduction of it. For more information, you can contact us.

What causes shortness of breath for kidney failure patients?


For kidney failure patients, their kidneys can not remove the excess fluid out of body, leading to fluid retention. If there is fluid retention in lung, you can not breathe easily.


Kidneys can excrete erythropoietin which is a hormone our body needs for the production of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying vital oxygen around the body. When kidneys fail to work, blood cells will decrease, resulting in anemia. If there is not enough oxygen, you will feel short of breath.

-Metabolic Acidosis

Kidney also has the function of balancing acid-base in the body. Once kidney function impairs, large acidic material builds up, causing metabolic acidosis. It will stimulate your respiratory system to breath out of carbon dioxide so that you feel short of breath.

How to treat shortness of breath?

According to the different causes, you can take different treatments.


You can use some diuretics or take some diet which is beneficial for eliminating edema to help discharge fluid from the body.

-Blood transfusion or iron supplement

To treat anemia, some kidney failure patients will require blood transfusion. Iron is required for the production of red blood cells, so you can take some iron supplement.


Dialysis is necessary for kidney failure patients to balance acid-base.

All in all, shortness of breath is caused by kidney function impairment. To treat shortness of breath should repair damaged kidneys and improve kidney function. Maybe you can try some natural remedies, such as Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy.

Shortness of breath is only one of the symptoms kidney failure sufferers have. You should try all means to get rid of dialysis or kidney transplant. Best wishes!

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