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Kidney disease and medication can have an effect on your appearance. Here are some common symptoms along with causes and treatments you can discuss with your doctor. Simple home remedies may also provide a temporary fix.

Recommendations, statements, and advice contained in this infographic are for information only. You should not use the information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without first consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult with your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition, over-the-counter treatment, or dietary regimen

 

BRUISES OR BLOOD CLOTS

What can cause it: Defects in platelets; thin skin from medications like prednisone,
heparin, or baby aspirin

What can help: Check clotting; blood thinning agents; vitamins

Also Try: Body makeup; creams; gloves and/or long-sleeved shirts; elevation; hot/cold therapies

 

PALE SKIN

What can cause it: Anemia

What can help: Check anemia lab values; increase dialysis; add vitamins/supplements

Also Try: Moisturizer; bronzer or tanning cream

 

DRY AND ITCHY SKIN

What can cause it: High phosphorus; secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT); inadequate fluid removal

What can help: Adhere to prescribed phosphorus, fluid, and sodium allowances

Also Try: Moisturizer; corticosteroids; antihistamines

 

RASH

What can cause it: Allergies; abnormal phosphorus, calcium, or secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) levels

What can help: Check medications; take phosphate binders and manage renal diet as directed; keep phosphorus, calcium, and SHPT levels within range

Also Try: Creams; cold compress; natural remedies (oatmeal, tea tree oil,
aloe vera)

 

AMMONIA BREATH

What can cause it: Dehydration; inadequate treatment; too much protein

What can help: Adjust diet; more treatment

Also Try: Drink more water; brush and floss teeth and gums regularly; use mouthwash and mouth rinse for dry mouth

 

SWELLING OF FACE AND APPENDAGES

What can cause it: Fluid retention; medication side effects

What can help: Alternative medications; reduce fluid intake; change treatment regimen; adhere to dietary sodium requirements

Also Try: Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes; use support stockings for legs if necessary

 

DARK UNDER-EYE CIRCLES OR BLOODSHOT EYES

What can cause it: Medication side effects; high phosphorus; disturbed sleep
schedule for various reasons

What can help: Manage phosphorus levels; determine why sleep habits changed

Also Try: Concealer; eye drops; limit sun exposure; meditate; limit screen time and caffeine; exercise; tea bags, cold compress, etc.

 

HAIR LOSS AND WEAK NAILS

What can cause it: Malnutrition; medication side effects; frequent surgeries; lying in bed

What can help: Ask your doctor about changing medications or diet; also ask about supplement options

Also try: Biotin shampoo and/or supplements; short haircut; silk pillowcase; nail strengthener

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