Berger’s Disease or IgA Nephropathy is yet another kind of kidney disorder where the IgA deposit in the glomeruli causes inflammation which results in blood and protein to appear in the urine. Berger’s Disease not only impairs your client’s kidneys, but can also affect other parts of their body.
People with IgA Nephropathy may also have skin conditions such as majorly dry, itchy and pale skin. Your client’s skin may also appear to have a rash.
Dry skin comes from the fact that kidneys are responsible for removing waste products from the blood. If your client has kidney damage, their waste products build up in their blood. The waste products can drag fluid from their skin to dilute the high concentration of toxins in their blood. This can make their skin exceptionally dry. The waste products can also make their sebaceous and sweat glands shrink. This makes the skin dry out as well.
The itchiness comes in because those same waste products can irritate the skin. The irritation can lead to itchy skin, like urea. High blood phosphorus levels can also be another reason that your client’s skin can feel itchy.
Damage to the kidneys can lead to anemia. This is because the kidney damage is unable to secrete enough erythropoietin. Without this hormone to stimulate bone marrow to make red blood cells, anemia is the result. Some of those red blood cells may actually leak into the urine. This can worsen the anemia. That is why your client’s skin becomes so pale – due to the anemia.
The skin rash, the final manifestation, is also a common complication of IgA Nephropathy. It is ordinarily associated with the accumulation of urea nitrogen. Calcium in the blood can get too high and go through your client’s sweat glands and deposit in their skin, thus leading to the rash.
When any one or all of these skin conditions occur, it indicates that your client’s IgA Nephropathy has worsened and needs immediate medical attention. Kidney function can be restored through Immunotherapy which can help regulate their abnormal immune system. It is key to get your client to their doctor so that you can once again prove to them that With Age Comes Respect.