Hair Loss, Nails and Chronic Kidney Disease
When you look your best, you will likely feel your best. But sometimes conditions such as chronic kidney disease can get in the way of that feeling. Changes to your body, such as hair loss or nail discoloration, may happen when you have CKD and are on dialysis
Others can notice theses change, too, which can affect some people’s self esteem when their outward appearance is affected. But there are steps people with CKD can take to help keep their hair and nails healthy.
Hair and CKD
Like a person’s skin, hair can become visibly abnormal when you develop (Dis-Ease) as I No this personally, after the experience with RCC, losing a much needed kidney and my hair , over a decade ago, due to “metabolic acidosis, heavy metals and implanted devices.
I will coach and Re-educate You what Not to do and how to achieve a Ph state of staying alkaline LIfestyle so (Dis-Ease) can’t thrive . Some people experience hair breakage or find that their hair falls out, or sometimes both. For some patients, hair problems can occur before starting dialysis or after being on dialysis. In contrast, for people who don’t have CKD and lose their hair, it’s usually due to aging, stress or heredity and I will help YOU get to the root issues, holistically.
Nails and CKD
Both fingernails and toenails can be affected by kidney disease. Nail changes patients may experience include abnormal:
Nitrogen waste products build up in people with CKD, which can lead to damaged fingernails and toenails. These can be abnormal changes in your nails such as:
- Yellow or opaque coloring
- Brittle nails
- Pitted nails (can easily break off or fall off)
- Linear depressions across the fingernail (called Beau’s lines)
- Ridge-shaped nails
- Raised ridges, thin and concave shaped (called koilonychia)
- White streaks, spots on the nails (called leukonychia)
Why hair and nails change for people with CKD
Hair and nail abnormalities usually stem from one of three things: malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies stress, Acidosis and the side effects of MEDICATIONS .
Hair and nails are made up of protein. For some people with kidney disease, food can taste different. If food doesn’t taste good or familiar, it can cause loss of appetite. This means your dietary sources, such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs, may not be adequate for your kidney diet A proper kidney diet contains a good amount of protein and other nutrients that are necessary to help keep hair and nails healthy.
People with CKD are at high risk for deficiencies in Zinc, calcium iron and B vitamins. To treat and prevent these deficiencies, dialysis patients are prescribed a renal vitamin that contains high levels of B vitamins. Blood levels of calcium and iron are checked monthly and supplements are prescribed if levels are low.
Also, it’s important to know if medicine you’re taking is causing your body to stay in Acidosis state
What to do when your hair and nails change
If you’re a patient on dialysis, you will notice changes in your hair and nails any abnormal hormone levels, such as thyroid hormone.
For the most part, hair loss is temporary for dialysis patients and will begin to grow back after a couple of months. In the meantime, here are some tips to help deal with temporary hair loss:
- Avoid blow-dry and curling (which can be harsh for your hair)
- Don’t use tight rubber bands
- Consult with your hair expert on ways to mask thinning hair
- Eat the right amount of plant Based protein
- Stay Ph Alkaline
- Avoid all Acidic foods
- Drink distilled water add your own trace minerals
- Get grounded outside in sun daily for optimal Vitamin D
- Work on Inner healing (Reikie)
My Inner wellness compounds and holistic services are formulated to assist the patient to achieve a state of homeostasis by balancing the PH and the mind through health energy and wellness . Book Your private One on One Coaching session today!