Most of respiratory infections are not serious in the vast majority of individuals, but they can cause complications, particularly for those who are immunocompromised, for example, those with kidney failure. A respiratory infection will negatively effect the immune system which could aggravate Renal Failure.
What is a respiratory tract infection?
This refers to any infection of the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs, which
is often caused by a virus. The most widespread form is the common cold. People
with kidney disease are often more likely to get affected by infections because
of related conditions such as Diabetes, inadequate calorie and protein in take
due to loss of appetite.
Respiratory infections occur when bacteria or viruses invade into the body.
In response, the body's immune system will take instant action to combat these
However, patients with Renal Failure often have declining immune system that
is no longer able to respond effectively when the need arises. Once it is
compromised, a weak immune system results in frequent colds, the inability to
fight off infections and general feeling of malaise.
Besides, the germs that invaded into the body will combine with the
antibodies produced by the immune system, forming immune complex. Over time,
more and more immune complexes are produced. They will deposits in the kidneys,
causing more pathological changes. If this happens, patients with Renal Failure
may suffer from further deterioration.
Respiratory infections can be small nuisances or becoming life threatening if
allowed to spread throughout the body. Patients with Renal Failure can take
effective measures to prevent infections by following the suggestions as
▪ The most important point is to have a good manage of your illness condition
through taking effective treatment.
▪ Guarantee enough intake of nutritions. It is important to consume adequate
amount of protein, calories and nutrients. Certain nutrients associated with
improving the immune system should be carefully regulated.