Deodorants that are Harmless for a Healthy Person may be dangerous for a Person with Kidney Disease

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If you go into your bathroom right now, grab your deodorant, and flip it over it may warn, ‘‘Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.‘‘ Most deodorants and anti-perspirants contain aluminum which is absorbed through your skin, but cannot be excreted through the kidneys if you have End Stage Renal Disease (Stage 4 or 5). This could cause a buildup of aluminum in your body resulting in anemia, bone disease, and dementia.

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Since aluminum is contained in the water we all drink and in the air we all breathe it is not likely you will die from exposure through an anti-perspirant, deodorant, or sun block. Some believe that this issue is a very minor concern, and those with late stage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) should occupy themselves with things of more "importance." However, your goal should be to improve your overall health outcomes so this knowledge should not go unused. It is very simple to avoid products that have high amounts of aluminum because manufacturers are obliged to provide the contents of antiperspirants, deodorants and also sunblockers regardless of brand, model or price.

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Over 90 percent of the U.S. population use anti-perspirants and deodorants. However, not everyone  is affected the same way, what is good for the healthy population can be very dangerous to people with late stage CKD. recommends that you check labels of products to determine their aluminum concentration, investigate purchasing aluminum free deodorant, and if you still have concerns consult with your doctor before selecting a brand.

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Reference: "Are Roll-on Deodorants Safe for People with Kidney Disease?" The American Association of Kidney Patients