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What is Ammonia Breath and Is It a Symptom of CKD?
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one possible cause of having an ammonia taste in your mouth, sometimes called “ammonia breath.” Some people describe ammonia breath as having a metallic taste, while others have reported that it smells similar to urine. That taste—and the smell that can go along with it—is caused by a build-up in your body of a waste product called urea. Here’s what you need to know about ammonia breath, and why you should bring it up with your doctor.
Ammonia breath, dialysis and body image
Like some other symptoms of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and side effects of treatment, ammonia breath can cause some body image issues and affect your confidence. It can be challenging to remember that you’re still the same person you were before you experienced this.
Remember that you’re not alone-and that it’s important to reach out when you need support. Lean on your care team. And consider connecting with people who may be experiencing similar challenges by joining an in-person or online support group. Talking about what to expect with ammonia breath and CKD or ESRD, plus learning ways to cope with the condition, can help you make a plan for moving forward.