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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Environmental Toxins That Can Aggravate PKD Symptoms

2013-05-10 11:29

We know that PKD is a congenital and genetic kidney disease and most PKD patients inherit the disease from their parents. However there are also some patients who have no family history of the disease and it can be caused by acquired dispositions.

Environment toxins can cause or induce gene mutations and lead to PKD. For those that have already developed PKD, environmental toxins can aggravate the symptoms of PKD and worsen the already impaired renal functions, therefore it is necessary to know what these risk factors are in our surrounding so as to help PKD patients avoid them and live a better and prolonged life.

Environmental toxins can be very harmful to the patient’s body. It can cause injuries to body cells, tissues and organs, cause various diseases or even threaten the patient’s life. Toxins are also one major cause of gene mutation and congenital dysplasia. Common environmental toxins include pesticides, certain chemicals, radiations and pollutions, etc. Some certain drugs have nephrotoxicity and improper use can cause renal damages and renal injuries. These drugs include both western medicines and Chinese medicines, therefor it is very necessary to consult the doctor and ask for doctor’s permission and prescription before taking any drugs.

Besides avoid contacting the above mentioned toxins in the environment, PKD patients should avoid various infections because it can cause abnormal changes in the internal environment and this can promote the growth of renal cysts. Infections in any part of the body can enter into the kidneys with blood circulation and affect the renal cysts and kidneys. Infections can worsen symptoms of PKD, promote the cyst growth and worsen renal damages. Common infections among PKD patients include upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, gastrointestinal tract infection, skin infection, etc. Therefore effective prevention and timely treatment for infections is very important for controlling illness conditions for PKD patients.

Besides, PKD patients should also avoid over-tiredness, strenuous activities and negative moods for the sake of a better prognosis.

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