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What To Do with Swelling In the Whole Body and CKD Stage 3

Posted:by lidanfeng  Time:2015-05-02 15:48

Topics: CKD Symptoms CKD Treatment

Details: Hi, my mom has stage 3 CKD and has been ok, but lately she has been swelling from head to toe. What can be done?

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CKD stage 3 is marked by moderately decreased kidney function. One of the major jobs of kidney is to filter blood and during this process, wastes and unwanted fluid are removed out of the body as urine. However, when kidneys fail to do this job well for some reason, unwanted fluid can not be removed timely, which might cause swelling.

For your mom, if the following measures are helpful for her to get swelling alleviated:

1. Limit fluid intake

Fluid intake should be limited when there is welling in the whole body, as drinking too much fluid not only aggravate swelling condition, but also increases risk for pulmonary edema and hydropericardium.

2. Low-salt diet

Salt is high in sodium which is an important electrolyte in the body that controls water balance in the body. That is the reason why we feel thirsty easily when we eat too much salt. When we drink lots of water, excess sodium is removed out of the body by kidney. However, for CKD stage 3 patients, their kidneys can not do this job well, as a result of which, hypernatronemia appears easily. High sodium level in blood elevates blood pressure and aggravate swelling. Therefore, low-salt diet is necessary.

3. Diuretics

Diuretic drugs also can be applied to alleviate swelling problem. In medicine there are different kinds of diuretics for CKD stage 3 patients. Some of them remove potassium out of the body while working and some others not. Therefore, the application of diuretics must be under doctor’s direction, so as to avoid potassium imbalance.

4. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy to restore kidney function

In CKD stage 3, swelling is resulted from impaired kidney function, so by strengthening kidney and restoring kidney function, swelling can be cured fundamentally and permanently. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a very effective treatment which can promote kidney health without causing any side effects.

Lastly, swelling is just one of the symptoms of CKD stage 3, and your mother might experience more if she fail to bring her illness under control. You can send your mom’s test report to:, our nephrologists will help to analyze her illness condition and then reply with effective solutions.

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