Due to no fault of the individual, those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have a weak immune system which makes it difficult for them to fight off many diseases and infections. This is why people with CKD may become more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold and flu. With busy schedules and constantly contending with feelings of fatigue, nausea, pain and overall poor health many with CKD do not want to be bothered with complicated home remedies to combat infections. Instead they often choose what is considered the more expedient option, over-the-counter treatment. What will surprise many CKD patients is that most of these medications often include compounds that can intensify hypertension, salt retention and impact their health. It does not have to be complicated, your house is overflowing with ingredients for a few "home remedies" that can help relieve symptoms in those with CKD and accelerate recovery, suggests the Examiner.
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Chicken soup has been recommended to treat the cold and flu since the 12th century. However, many do not know that a mustard pack placed on the chest can reduce fever. Also, Lemons can be used to soothe sore throats, cleanse blood and loosen mucus in the sinuses or throat. A healing lemonade can be made by adding the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of maple syrup to a cup of warm water. Cayenne pepper can also be sprinkled on for an added cleansing effect.
Common household garlic is a great treatment for the cold as well as the flu and can also be used to prevent their occurrence. Raw garlic has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Research has shown that garlic can speed up healing from the flu while increasing immunity. Similarly, ginger kills germs and when used in tea it can also be an antiviral remedy. Ginger tea is able to heal the stomach and fight against the stomach flu. People that have CKD should talk to their Dietitian and Nephrologist before making diet adjustments because both garlic and ginger can act as a blood thinner, so those already taking blood thinning medications may be at risk of excessive bleeding if they overuse the herbs.
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More generally, it is important to stay rested, drink hot liquids to relieve congestion, and blow your nose regularly to avoid sniffling mucus back into your nasals. Also, consider gargling to moisten your sore throat, taking a steamy shower to moisturize your likely dry and clogged nasal passages, and sleeping with an extra pillow beneath your head to drain mucus out of your nose while asleep.
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In any case be sure to seek medical attention if your symptoms persist or worsen. Signs of severe weakness, high fever and vomiting are red flags. If you choose to or require over-the-counter cold or flu medicine then KidneyBuzz.com strongly encourages you to talk to your Nephrologist before using any medication. It is also recommended to monitor your blood pressure, especially while on cold/flu medicine. If there is a spike in your blood pressure, talk to your Nephrologist immediately as this could lead to a more severe issue if left unchecked.
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