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Omega-6 Cream Eases Skin Rash

New York, NY (July 31, 2006) – Cream rich in an omega-6 fatty acid helps ease itchy skin, according to a new report in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation.

A group of researchers based in Taiwan found that people undergoing dialysis to treat kidney failure who developed very itchy skin — a condition called pruritus — improved significantly after using a cream containing gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

These findings suggest that GLA-rich substances — such as evening primrose oil, borage oil, black currant oil, and hemp seed oil — may help ease one of the most bothersome side effects of kidney disease, says David Warnock, MD, President of the National Kidney Foundation and director of the Division of Nephrology at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Pruritus is a common skin condition that makes people feel itchy and want to scratch their skin constantly. It’s often not clear what causes the itch, and the condition can be maddening, creating anxiety, disrupting sleep and even causing depression.

Unfortunately, up to 8 out of 10 people undergoing dialysis develop pruritus, and there’s no easy solution. Patients try acupuncture, UVB phototherapy, steroid creams, among other therapies, but often report the treatments don’t work or even make the itching worse.

During the study, the researchers asked 17 people undergoing dialysis with pruritus that hadn’t gone away with treatment to either try a placebo cream followed by a GLA-rich cream, or start with the GLA cream followed by a placebo. Each treatment period lasted two weeks.

The researchers found that the GLA-rich cream eased the itch significantly better than the placebo cream, soothing pruritus by an average of 40-50%.

One woman developed a skin rash after using the cream, but no participants reported nausea, diarrhea, or any other side effects linked to the GLA cream.

It’s unclear why GLA-rich cream works, the authors note, suggesting it may reduce inflammation, or somehow affect the immune system.

“The bottom line here is that GLA-rich creams work,” says Dr. Warnock. “I recommend that patients treated with dialysis who have persistently itchy skin ask their doctors if this treatment is appropriate for them.”

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is one of the body’s naturally occurring defense mechanisms – but when swelling becomes chronic, other more serious health issues can follow.

Two types of inflammation

First, it’s important to understand that there are two kinds of inflammation, acute and chronic.

Acute Inflammation

In cases of acute inflammation, swelling increases rapidly. Your body, in an effort to fight off harm from trauma, toxins or infections, releases chemicals that trigger an immune-system response. Blood flow increases to the impacted area, as antibodies and proteins race toward the problem. Swelling might last for a few hours, or perhaps days in the case of severe pneumonia or cellulitis.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, however, leaves your body in a permanent state of alert. Research suggests that tissue and organs can be permanently damaged by these lengthy bouts with swelling: Inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, painful conditions like arthritis and atherosclerosis can also follow.

Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation

Symptoms of chronic inflammation include pain around the inflamed area, especially upon touch or movement. Redness and swelling may result; the area may also feel hot. A general sense of fatigue can set in.

Range of motion will decrease as inflammation persists. A constant and steady throbbing or pulsating may also be felt. Some patients experience fever, rashes, mouth sores, chest or abdominal pain in a range from mild to severe. Symptoms can last for months, or even years.

The Diagnostic Process

Chronic inflammation can be caused by untreated cases of infection or injury, as an acute response evolves into a long-term issue. People with autoimmune disorders are also at risk, as their body’s natural defense mechanism mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Prolonged exposure to chemicals or pollutants can cause inflammation. Symptoms can be made worse by smoking, obesity, persistent stress and alcohol.

Chronic inflammation is diagnosed using blood tests. Making a final determination can be difficult, however, because these commonly observed issues don’t always cause the condition. In fact, some cases don’t seem to have a definitive underlying cause.

Treatment of Inflammation

There are a variety of options – including medication, ultrasound guided injections, supplements, and an anti-inflammation-focused diet – for those suffering from chronic inflammation:

ultrasound guided injections

Patients with chronic inflammation usually see a decrease in inflammation and a reduction of pain with the treatment of ultrasound guided injections. The injections give quick relief from pain and consist of cortisone, a steroid-based anti-inflammatory. These steroids decrease inflammation by suppressing the immune system, and block nerves that send pain signals.

Ultrasound guided injections specifically target the inflamed area by delivering the medication to the precise spot with a small needle and local anesthetic. Corticosteroids promise increased range of motion, and localized pain relief, and the relief from one injection can last for weeks. There are some potential side effects, including vision problems, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, so doctors must weigh the risk with individual patients.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are available in over-the-counter form as aspirin, ibuprofen (under brand names such as Advil), and naproxen (Aleve). While they are useful in reducing inflammation and help with pain, NSAIDS present a risk when used long term. There have been increased occurrences of ulcers and kidney disease.

Diet and Supplements

Olive oil, kale and spinach, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, nuts, cherries, oranges and blueberries are foods with anti-inflammatory properties . Certain vitamins may help . Chronic inflammation may also be relieved with the use of fish oil , lipoic acid and several spices , including ginger, garlic, and cayenne. While our understanding of the effectiveness of cannabidiol is still a work in progress, some early reports suggest herbal remedies like CBD oil may help with chronic inflammation.

Best Natural Food for Cats with Kidney Disease

Is There a Homemade or Natural Diet for Cats with Kidney Failure?


I have a kitty, Sandy Paws, dealing with renal challenges. I have had her successfully on Sub Qs (every 4 days) and a great Omega oil. Please render any other recommendations you may have. She is 10 or 11 years old, and just holds at about 7.1 pounds.


More than ever, it seems, many pets are suffering from kidney (renal) damage and failure. This is partly due to some pet food recalls that harmed so many pets, whose kidneys will never fully recover. However, kidney disease was already common, especially in older cats.

In cats, kidney disease develops for two main reasons:

Being fed only or mostly dry food, which is extremely dehydrating and puts a great burden on their kidneys. Even though you’ll see these cats drinking water, they make up only half the intake a cat eating a canned, raw or homemade diet would take in.

Receiving unnecessary booster vaccines for feline distemper (panleukopenia). The virus in this vaccine is commonly grown in a culture of feline kidney cells. When the vaccine is injected, kidney proteins from the culture fluid cause antibodies to form against them; these antibodies cross-react with the cat’s own kidneys and sets up a low-grade chronic inflammation. Every repeated booster worsens this inflammation, eventually leading to cell destruction, scarring, and ultimately kidney failure.

The same potential problems apply to canine vaccines. All vaccines are grown in some type of cell culture; canine, feline and calf cell cultures are commonly used. One study showed that every vaccinated puppy produced antibodies that cross-reacted with its own tissues, including red blood cells and connective tissue such as collagen.

Looking for the Best Natural Cat Diet?

Low-protein diets are commonly prescribed for kidney failure. The real reason for this is because meat is high in phosphorus, and it is phosphorus that is the problem (it combines with calcium and further damages the kidneys). However the scientific support for this treatment is much stronger for dogs than for cats. It is also important to remember that high protein diets do not cause kidney disease.

The quality of the food is also extremely important. Many “prescription” and “veterinary” pet foods are made from very poor quality ingredients: by-products, grains, and meat substitutes. Since these animals already have health issues, it makes more sense to feed them the very best natural ingredients.

Most high-quality commercial foods have fairly high levels of protein, so a homemade diet may be your best option. Here’s a couple of sample recipes:

Homemade Recipes for Cats with Kindney Disease

For Cats:

  • 1/4 cup chopped or ground chicken breast
  • 1 cup cooked white rice (long-grain or basamati)
  • 1 Tablespoon Omega-3 fish oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 500 mg calcium (tablet or capsule without magnesium, vitamin D, or bonemeal)
  • 250 mg taurine

For Dogs (per 20 pounds of body weight):

  • 1 large chopped hard-boiled egg
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (long-grain or bassamati)
  • 1 Tablespoon Omega-3 fish oil
  • 500 mg calcium (tablet or capsule)

Certainly, getting these animals off dry food is a crucial component because it’s vital to keep these pets well-hydrated. Giving subcutaneous (“sub-Q”) fluids at home is also a great help with hydration issues, and can offset some of the negative effects of higher protein.

Several supplements are proven to be helpful in renal disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important. It should come from wild fish (not farmed salmon) and contain mostly or only Omega-3s. Omega-6s promote inflammation, which is of course not what you want. Antioxidants will also help manage and decrease inflammation.

Recent research suggests that adding extra probiotics to the diet helps with protein metabolism and minimizes the metabolic by-products of protein digestion (blood urea nitrogen or BUN, and creatinine), that would otherwise enter the blood and cause toxicity. Digestive enzymes are also beneficial because they break down proteins earlier in the digestive process.


Preventing kidney failure is a whole lot easier than treating it, so if you have young, healthy pets in your home as well, make sure they are on an excellent natural diet (canned, raw, or homemade); appropriate supplements including probiotics, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and Omega-3 fatty acids; and minimize vaccines.