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Why I Have Itchy Skin with PKD

I suffer from PKD. At night, I can not help myself to scratch my skin and it affects my sleep quality largely. What are the causes? Any suggestions?

The Doctor Answered:

As an inherited disorder, PKD is generally featured by fluid-filled pockets in the kidneys. With the enlargement of cysts, kidney function will be impaired and a number of symptoms may occur.

Frankly speaking, causes of itchy skin can be summarized as follows:

1. Accumulation of toxins, which may stimulate the nerve endings in the skin.

2. High phosphorus level: In PKD, imbalance of calcium and phosphorus may occur. In this case, crystals may deposit in the skin, resulting in itchy skin. Besides, high PTH level and dialysis can also lead to this disturbing symptom.

As for treatments for itchy skin in PKD, we mainly recommend hot compress therapy and blood-purification technique. By taking these treatments, a favorable internal environment can be achieved. Meanwhile, renal function can be enhanced radically. And symptoms including itchy skin can be alleviated largely.

In addition, if lab test show high phosphorus level, it also necessary to stay away from foods loaded in phosphorus. Such as, fungus, nuts and so on.

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