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What Causes Dialysis Patients to Itch

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2013-12-08 16:15

What Causes Dialysis Patients to ItchDialysis is one of the treatments for kidney failure patients to prolong their lives. But it can not cure kidney disease. Over time, it will cause many side effects, itch is included. What causes itch?

What Causes Dialysis Patients to Itch

-Dry itch

Retention of nitrogen metabolites can prevent the skin from producing enough oil to moisten itself. When that primary protective barrier is removed, it is easily for you to itch.

-High Phosphorus level

Itch may also result from the building up of phosphorous. Here you may wonder that dialysis is a kidney replacement to filter the wastes and toxins in the body, why phosphorous can accumulate? Because phosphorus is small molecular substance, dialysis can not eliminate it totally.

-Allergic Reactions

If the patients is allergic to the dialyzer, blood tubing, medications or other materials used during the dialysis treatment, histamine can be released, causing itch.

-High-phosphorous Diet

High-phosphorous diet may lead to itch. Animal giblets, nut, seafood, cheese etc contain rich phosphorous, so dialysis patients should limit their intake.

How to prevent itch for dialysis patients

-Using a moisturizing soap, applying unscented body oil, or using body lotions when you bathe may be helpful for you to keep the skin clean and moisturized.

-Ensure the sufficiency of dialysis so as to remove more nitrogen metabolites and phosphorous out of body. If necessary, you can increase the frequency of dialysis.

-If itch is caused by allergy, you should contact your doctor to make sense what causes allergy and then take appropriate measures.

-Making a dialysis dietary is also helpful for your health. It is recommended to take less than 600-1200 mg/ d phosphorous.

-Taking phosphorous binder can help you inhibit intestinal tract from absorbing too much phosphorous.

If you are suffering from itch, the first thing you should do is to confirm the main cause and then you can take targeted nursing measures. Our doctors can also help you if you can send your test report to kidney-healthy@hotmail.com or leave us a message.


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