Skin signs of Kidney Disease | Chronic Kidney Disease | Kidney Failure Symptoms | CKD

Skin signs of Kidney Disease | Chronic Kidney Disease | Kidney Failure Symptoms | Kidney disease symptoms | CKD | Kidney disease signs

Skin signs of kidney disease:

If you have kidney disease, you won’t see early warning signs on your skin. However, as the disease progresses, you may find different skin changes.

Dry skin:

One of the common changes You may experience is dryness of your skin. Skin may become rough and develop fish like scales. Extremely dry skin is common in people who have end-stage kidney disease, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Itchy skin:

Extremely itchy skin is also a common symptom of advanced kidney disease. The itch can range from irritating to life-disrupting. Your skin may itch all (or most of) the time.
Some people have itch on one area of their skin. The itch can also spread across most of your body.

Scratch marks and other signs of scratching:

When you scratch often, it affects your skin. You can develop:
Raw, bleeding skin or sores
Thick, leathery skin (lichen simplex chronicus)
Firm, very itchy bumps (nodularis prurigo)

Skin colour changes:

When the kidneys stop working, toxins build up in your body. And It can cause color changes to the skin. You may see:

An unhealthy pale, grey or yellowish discolouration of skin
Areas of darkened skin as shown here

If you’ve have itchy skin for a long time and you scratch often then you may found
Yellowish, thick skin with bumps and deep lines
Cysts and spots that look like whiteheads

But remember these skin changes can occur in other diseases also.

Nail changes:

Kidney disease can affect the appearance of your fingernails, toenails, or both. People who have advanced kidney disease can develop:

A white color on the upper part of one or more nails and a normal to reddish brown color just below the white part, as shown here
You may find white bands running across one or more nails


Our kidneys remove extra fluids and salt from your body. When they can no longer do this, the fluids and salt build up in your body. This build-up causes swelling, which you may notice in your:
Hands and

Kidney disease can also develop rash. End-stage kidney disease can cause small, dome-shaped, and extremely itchy bumps. As these bumps clear, new ones can form. Sometimes, the small bumps join together to form rough, raised patches.


Some people who have end-stage kidney disease develop blisters, which can form on their:

Lump on your belly:

You may see lump on your belly. It can be a sign of kidney cancer. In its early stages, kidney cancer seldom causes symptoms. When the cancer advances, it can cause a mass or lump on the:
Side of your abdomen
Lower back region

Abdominal lump could be because of many other reason. So, Consult a doctor if you find any lump on your belly

Calcium deposit under the skin:

Some people develop deposits of calcium in their skin, such as the patient in this picture. This patient also has half-and-half nails, which is another sign of kidney disease.Calcium deposits usually develop around a joint and are not painful. However, when they occur within a fingertip, they can cause a great deal of pain.

If one of these deposits pushes up through the skin, you may see a chalky discharge.

If you have any of the above signs and symptoms due to kidney disease contact a dermatologist. Not all but few skin symptoms can be relieved with proper care.


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