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Do Your Feet Swell with Kidney Failure

2014-06-30 03:29

Do your feet swell with kidney failure? Kidney failure is a problem regarding kidney in which kidneys shut down and fail to help us maintain the normal life. Similar with other illness, kidney failure also cause a series of physical discomforts. Kidney is related with urine output, so the most common abnormalities are about urine, but why some patients complain feet swelling after the diagnosis of kidney failure?

Do Your Feet Swell with Kidney FailureIs feet swelling a sign of kidney failure?

Kidney is an organ that produces urine, but where does the urine come from? Actually urine is a mixture of water and unwanted impurity’s and waste products that are found in the body. In normal cases, when blood flow through kidney, excess fluid and wastes produced by the body will be excreted out as urine. However, when one develops to kidney failure, excess fluid and wastes like creatinine will build up in the body, leading to fluid retention and elevation of serum creatinine level. In general, fluid retention firstly appears in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and hands.

Management of feet swelling in kidney failure

When feet swelling appears due to kidney failure, patients need to take care of themselves from the following several aspects:

1. Limit fluid intake

In kidney failure, kidneys can not remove all the excess fluid in the body any more. Under such a condition, drinking too much water not only increase kidney burden, but also worsen fluid retention.

2. Follow a low-salt diet

Salt is the most excellent sodium source. When we eat too much salt at one time, we need to drink much more water to get excess sodium out of the body through urine. This is the reason why we become thirsty easily after we have a high-salt diet. Therefore, a low-salt diet is also necessary for kidney failure patients with feet swelling.

3. Diuretics

Diuretics can be used to get excess fluid out of the body. Therefore, with diuretics, feet swelling can be alleviated to some extent. (There are different kinds of diuretics and remember to choose the right one according to exact illness condition)

4. Improve kidney function

Fluid build up in the body as failed kidney can not function properly, so if we really want to get this symptoms removed fundamentally and permanently, we must improve kidney function. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a herbal treatment that can strengthen kidney without causing any side effects. So it is regarded as the first choice for kidney failure patients who are bothering by feet swell.

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