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The Hydroxyzine every 2-3 days seems to stop the itching.

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The Hydroxyzine every 2-3 days seems to stop the itching. Would you expect that to stop the itching if the itching is from kidney problems?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

Itching is due to release of histamine in the body.

Antihistamines like hydroxyzine is something that can relieve itching from any cause, even if it is not from the kidneys.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But if it is from kidney malfunction, this would still help even if it is toxin build up from kidneys not working (instead of allergic reaction)?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

With kidney dysfunction itching only happens when the disease is severe.

Your disease is only mild and should not cause itching, not at this stage.

Trust me on that.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you mean by "not severe"? What aspects are you basing that on, the test results or lack of other symptoms or both? If it was severe, what else would you expect?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Based on the creatinine level.

If it were severe your creatinine level would be very high i.e. more than 4 usually.

If it were severe you would expect retention of fluid in your body, reduced urine output, muscle weakness, shortness of breath among numerous other symptoms.

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