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How to Help Renal Failure People Get Rid of Bad Taste and Smell

2013-01-01 16:58

Bad taste and smell is commonly seen among people with renal failure. If these problems occur, nothing tastes good—not even water. It can cause poor appetite and make them immerse in bad mood. Why do renal failure patients have bad taste and smell and how to help them get rid of these problems?

Kidneys can filter blood and remove metabolic products and excess fluids from blood by producing urine. However, in renal failure, the kidneys are less efficient to work. Consequently, high levels of wastes, such as urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric acid etc build up in body. Afterwards, the urea nitrogen will decompose into ammonia under the effect of urease in intestinal tract. The ammonia will stimulate the intestinal mucosa thus resulting in bad taste and smell. Therefore, the bad taste and smell in renal failure is associated with the high level of blood urea nitrogen (BUN).

How to get rid of bad taste and smell in renal failure?

1. Pay more attention to dental hygiene. You should brush teeth at least twice a day in the morning after getting up and again before going to bed. Also they should garble with mouthwash after brushing to kill any remaining bacteria.

2. You should always carry gum. It can help relieve the bad taste and smell.

3. Usually, once people with renal failure start dialysis, they will no longer have the issues. Dialysis can clear metabolic wastes, thus relieving bad taste and smell.

However, the above are only aid measures in managing the problems. The causes of bad taste and smell in renal failure are due to kidney impairment.

Therefore, the treatment should restore the impaired kidneys and improve the excretion function of the native kidneys. Once the kidneys are restored very well, they will recover their normal filtration function and the metabolic wastes will be excreted from body normally. Afterwards, the bad tastes and smell in mouth will disappear.

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