This is a question, I'm afraid, that only a kidney specialist could answer. Be sure that his doctor(s) are well informed of his symptoms, and are doing everything they can to relieve them.
Dialysis is the usual treatment for kidney failure. You can find an explanation of kidney failure treatments here.
Good luck with your father!
patricia, do you think a renal dietitian is something his dr. might recommend? the correct diet will help put less stress on his kidneys and keep him feeling better longer. i believe it's the high levels of phosphorus that can be one of the a causes of itiching and the dietitian can help reduce that as much as possible. ask his dr. if you can give him oral medication such as oral steriods. oral antihistanines might be dangerous because it might make him unsteady.if his dr. prescribes medication,watch your father carefully because medication can have increased side effects in older people,but his geriatric dr. will be able to give you all that information. a pharmacist is a great resource for questions on OTC medications and for a list of medications that you can bring to the next dr. appointment. ask his dr.s if he should have a hospice team for palliative care in the future. he will be made as comfortable as possible if his kidney disease progresses. some dr.s don't want to distress a family by talking about that subject so you have to be his advocate. make sure he is getting pain relief if he needs it. hopefully his dr. can find the correct medication that will improve his quality of care without causing side effects that are distressing.
you can also provide some natural skin relief because kidney disease can cause his skins oil and sweat glands to change. be careful about what type of soap he is using because dry skin will make the problem worse. check on what type of lotions you can put on his skin to hold in the moisture.you can try calimine lotion ask his dr. about using steriod or antihistamine creams.UV light at a dr.s office is said to be helpful.
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