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How Does Glomerulonephritis Cause Itching Skin


2013-12-08 15:19

How Does Glomerulonephritis Cause Itching SkinChronic glomerulonephritis usually creeps up without any symptoms in the early stage. With the progression of patients’ illness condition, itching skin may occur as an indicator of kidney failure. Managing itching skin timely can help improve patients’ life quality.

How does glomerulonephritis cause skin itching?

In clinic, conditions, which damage the glomeruli, kidney filtering tissues, are collectively called glomerulonephritis. As more and more glomeruli are damaged, kidneys will stop its filtering and regulating work. During this progression, patients may notice some skin problems like skin itching. Several conditions can cause this problem.

1. The deposits of extra phosphorus in the blood: When glomeruli can’t work properly, extra phosphorus settles in the blood easily. High phosphorus level can form phosphorus-calcium crystals. This is the main reason of skin itching for glomerulonephritis patients.

2. Low kidney function: With low kidney function, uremic toxins will build up in the blood, inducing skin itching.

3. Allergic reaction to dialysis: Dialysis is usually recommended when kidney function is lower than 15% kidney function or patients have some severe complications. However, some patients are allergic to dialyzer. In this case, skin itching occurs easily.

Besides, high PTH level, certain medications and some other conditions can also cause itching skin. In view of this, in order to ease patients’ itching, some relief methods are needed.

Relief methods worth a try

Most patients who have itching can’t help scratching their skin that may break their skin. Today, we are here to give some home remedies to solve this problem.

- Try not to scratch the itching

- Develop a low-phosphorus diet

- Avoid long, hot showers or baths

- Choose your soaps carefully

- Get enough sunlight

Since the words here are limited, we can’t list all of treatment options for managing skin itching. If you want to get more about them or have anything unclear, you can leave a message below, so we can find your question timely.


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