Chronic Renal Failure Treatment

by Carol Gomes

Chronic renal failure does not have any cure, but there are treatments that can help stop the symptoms and signs, slow the progression of the disease and reduce the complications. If a person has a chronic renal failure, the first thing to do is to consult a kidney specialist (nephrologist), to help with the treatment of underlying condition.

The first priority is to control the condition that is responsible for your kidney complications and failure. If a person with Chronic Renal Failure has high blood pressure or diabetic, follow carefully the doctor’s recommendations to exercise and have a strict diet. Proper medications to people with high blood pressure should also be observed to lower the pressure of their blood. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can help preserve kidney functions. The blood pressure should be lowered down to protect the kidney functions.

Having proper diet is very important in treating kidney failure itself. Lesser protein intake may help slow the progress of the disease. It can help ease symptoms such as lack of appetite vomiting and nausea. It is likely to limit the amount of salt in your daily diet that will help control the high blood pressure. Minimizing the amount of phosphorus and potassium must be considered.

Treating complications is very essential when it comes to finding a cure for chronic renal failure. Your doctor may advise you to take some form of vitamin D (calcitriol) to have stronger bones, as well as phosphate-binding medication that would lower the amount of phosphate in your blood. Phosphate binds with your calcium and reduces the amount of calcium in your bones making it weak and easy to fracture.

Dialysis: Kidney dialysis is a way of removing the extra fluid and waste products from the blood when the kidneys no longer function and do its work properly. Kidney dialysis will take a lot of risks, including infections. But it can help patients with end-stage kidney disease have a longer life.

Different Kinds of Kidney Dialysis:

  1. Hemodialysis – this is the most common type of dialysis. It removes chemicals, extra fluids and waste products that are found on the bloodstreams by filtering the blood to the artificial kidney that is called “dialyzer”.
  2. Peritoneal dialysis – this type of dialysis uses vast network of tiny blood cells that is found in the abdomen to filter the blood.
  3. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis – this type of dialysis can be performed at home by exchanging the dialysis solution in your abdomen
  4. Continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis – a cycler machine is used in this dialysis. It automatically infuses dialysis solution into and out of you peritoneal cavities over 10 to 12 hours.

Kidney transplant is better than dialysis. But finding the right donor may be difficult and will take some time. The best donor is the relative of the recipient because it a has high possibility that it will match the tissue type of the recipient.

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