The itching from chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a real medical condition. The first step toward getting relief is learning more about it.
If you’re living with CKD, you may experience an itch that you can’t escape, day or night. It’s different than a typical itch. That’s because it could be a condition related to your CKD. It’s called chronic kidney disease–associated pruritus (CKD-aP). (Pruritus is a medical term for “itching.”)
What’s in a name?
You and your healthcare team may use a number of terms when discussing your kidney health. Click to see what each one means:
You and your healthcare team may use a number of terms when discussing your kidney health. Tap to see what each one means:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which your kidneys are not functioning normally due to a long-term problem.
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is when CKD has progressed to a point where your kidneys have lost so much function that hemodialysis is needed.
Chronic kidney disease–associated pruritus (CKD-aP) is the itching you may experience with CKD or ESRD.
Pruritus means “itching.” With CKD-aP, pruritus can be unrelenting and make you scratch until you bleed. For some people, it can feel like a bee sting or an allergic reaction.
CKD-aP affects different people differently
The itching with CKD-aP can affect different people in different ways. It can come and go. It can be triggered by different things. Some people describe it as feeling like itching beneath the surface of the skin.
You are not alone
CKD-aP impacts up to 65% of people with CKD undergoing hemodialysis in the US.
Up to 33% of those with CKD undergoing dialysis in the US say they are moderately to extremely bothered by itching.
The actual number of people suffering from CKD-aP is difficult to know:
- Doctors may underestimate how many people are suffering from CKD-aP
- People with CKD-aP often don’t talk about their itching with their doctor
KORSUVA can help
KORSUVA is the first and only FDA-approved treatment specifically designed to take on the itch for adult hemodialysis patients suffering from moderate-to-severe chronic kidney disease–associated pruritus (CKD-aP). If you think you have CKD-aP, ask your healthcare team if KORSUVA may be right for you.