Dialysis takes the place of your damaged kidneys to filter the wastes and toxins from your body. But there are a lot of side effects. Skin itching is one of them. What causes it and what can we do to alleviate it?
What causes skin itching for dialysis patients?
Many reasons contribute to skin itching, including:
-Dry skin. Oil is a protective barrier for our skin. Dialysis patients can not make enough oil to moisturize itself due to the retention of nitrogen. So it is easy for them to suffer from skin itching.
-High phosphorous levels. Phosphorus combines with calcium in the blood to form phosphorus-calcium products. Some of these products may be excreted through your skin, leading to itching.
-Allergic reactions. Histamine can be released during dialysis if you are allergic to the material you use, such as blood tubing or dialyzer. It can cause skin itching.
-High blood levels of parathyroid hormone(PTH). This is caused by decreased calcium level and an increased phosphorus level. One of the common symptoms of PHT is itching.
What can you take to alleviate skin itching?
-To keep the skin clean and moisturized may be helpful if your skin itching is caused by dry skin.
-Histamine causes of itching may be treated with antihistamine products and drugs, such as Fexofenadine, Levocetirizine, desloratadine, Cetirizine, Azelastine, etc.
-Phosphorus causes of itching may be treated with controlling calcium and phosphorus levels with phosphate binders and taking vitamin D.
However, these solutions are not always successful—the causes of itching are from multiple sources. To alleviate skin itching, you should get rid of dialysis. Polluted Blood Therapy may be a good choice. For further information, you can contact our online doctors or leave us a message. We are very glad to help you.