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People with advanced chronic kidney disease and those undergoing hemodialysis have a common symptom called pruritus. You may hear it referred to as chronic kidney disease-associated pruritus.

If you are experiencing skin issues like itching or dry skin, you may want to see a dermatologist.

There are many people with chronic kidney disease who have questions about their symptoms. Many people living with this disease want to know how long it will take to get over it, and what they can do to minimize the pain.

The article will answer questions about chronic itching.

Stage 1 is normal to highly functioning kidneys and stage 5 isrenal failure.

Each stage has various symptoms with degrees of severity. Itching is one of the many symptoms you may experience if you have advanced chronic kidney disease, which generally stages 4 and 5, according to the American Kidney Fund.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), itchy skin is most common in the advanced stages. While not exclusive to this stage and end-stage renal disease, it is less common in less advanced stages.

Itching is a common symptom of advanced stages of kidney disease.

A 2019 literature review found that approximately 40 percent of people with end-stage renal disease experience pruritus. However, some data suggest it may affect as many as 84 percent.

Chronic kidney disease-related itching varies from person to person. For example, itching may cause sporadic discomfort in some people or constant restlessness throughout the night and day in others.

It can affect the chest, face, and limbs, but it can also appear anywhere on the body. It can be generalized or even on the face, but it is more common on both sides of the body.

No other skin disease can make an appearance. It happens in people with dry skin and xerosis.

If you experience dry skin and itching, you may notice that your skin is prone to cracking and bleeding, which can affect how your skin looks and feels.

Many people with CKD-aP experience sleep disruption and reduced social functioning. Both can contribute to a lower quality of life, especially if moods are impacted by lack of sleep and restlessness, according to a 2017 study.

There is a variety of approaches to treating itching related to CKD. Some people will find help quickly, while others will run through all the options only to feel a little bit worse.

It is important to work with your doctor and dermatologist to ensure you are well.

The treatment of CKD-associated pruritus is often done with systemic therapies.

The therapies may include:

  • It is a cream that contains capsaicin.
  • They are called emollients.
  • tacrolimus cream is used.
  • The drugs are on the skin.
  • Doxepin cream is used.
  • It was menthol.

Systemic therapies may include:

  • The drugs antihistamines.
  • The drugs are called antidepressants (SSRIs).
  • -opioid antagonists.
  • A drug that stimulates theopioid receptor.
  • Anticonvulsants are gabapentin and pregabalin.
  • Thalidomide is a drug.

Two other treatments that have shown success are gamma-linolenic acid and ultraviolet B light therapy.

In 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug to treat moderate-to-severe itching in people with CKD who are undergoing dialysis. Korsuva, an injection that is administered 3 times a week after each dialysis, is the first therapy approved by the FDA specifically aimed at treating CKD-related itching.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, itching sometimes occurs because you have too much phosphorus in your blood. If this is the case, your doctor may recommend eating less food with phosphorus, such as beans, nuts, milk, and meat. Alternately, your doctor may prescribe a medication you can take with meals called a phosphate binder.

In addition to treatments specific to CKD-aP, you may find relief by following general guidelines for itch prevention and treatment. During a flare-up, the AAD recommends the following:

  • Use a cooling agent like calamine or It was menthol. on the affected areas.
  • A layer of fragrance-free moisturizer is needed.
  • For 5–10 minutes, place a cold wet cloth on the skin.
  • oatmeal bath is a good choice

You can take preventative measures to help reduce itchy skin. The AAD has some tips.

  • When showering or bathing, use warm water.
  • If you want to avoid contact with your skin, use fragrance-free products.
  • Wear cotton clothing.
  • Try to avoid dry places.

People with chronic kidney disease and people undergoing hemodialysis are more likely to experience itching.

It can be difficult to treat provius. If you need some relief, your doctor or healthcare professional can recommend prescription and over-the-counter remedies.