Kidney failure can be acute or chronic. Currently, there is no cure for chronic kidney failure. Treatment aims to control signs and symptoms of chronic kidney failure, reduce and if possible prevent complications and slow the progress of the disease. People with severely damaged kidney may need treatments for end-stage kidney disease.
Treatment of acute kidney failure includes:
Treatment of chronic kidney failure
i. Treatment of cause of kidney failure
Your doctor will try to treat the underlying cause of kidney failure as it may slow or control the worsening of kidney function. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause such as if kidney failure is caused because of high blood pressure, you will be given medicines to control blood pressure; if poor blood sugar control in diabetes is the cause, the doctor will prescribe medicines for the control of blood sugar levels. In many cases, however, the kidney damage may continue even after the underlying condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes has been controlled.
ii. Treatment of complications of kidney failure
Kidney failure affects all the organs and tissues in the body and can cause several complications. The doctor will prescribe medications to treat all the associated complications to make you more comfortable. Treatments may include:
iii. Treatment for end-stage kidney disease
If the kidney function becomes so low that it cannot adequately clear waste and fluid from the body, it is known as end-stage kidney disease. People with end stage kidney disease need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
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