Phosphorus building up in the blood will result in severe skin itch, bone disease, anxiety and so on. Phosphorus binders help to decrease the phosphorus level in blood, which is indispensable for dialysis patients. Why is it important to take phosphate binders when you are on dialysis?
Phosphorus binders is the main way to lower phosphorus level in the blood.
Some people may wonder that since dialysis can remove wastes and toxins from the blood, why the phosphorus level is still prone to increase. Because when phosphorus is adopted into the body, almost of them exist in cells so that dialysis can only filter small part of phosphorus.
Besides, restricting diet is also a way to reduce the intake the phosphorus. But it is bad for maintaining enough nutrition and protein. At the same time, even if you live on a restricted phosphorus diet, almost 600 mg phosphorus comes into your body.
Both dialysis and restricted diet can not control the phosphorus level effectively, so phosphorus binders become the main way to lower phosphorus level in the blood.
How do phosphorus binders work?
Phosphorus binders is often taken within 5 to 10 minutes before or immediately after meals and snacks. They can soak up the phosphates in the food so as to prevent the body from absorbing the phosphorus from the blood you eat and then be carried through the digestive tract and eliminated in the stool. However, phosphorus binders have toxic side effects.
Alternatives to phosphorus binders
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many therapies that can make use of different areas of your body to help remove wastes and toxins from the blood, such as Medicated Bath, Enema Therapy and Circle Therapy. They are almost natural so it is not necessary for you to worry about their side effects. Besides, they are beneficial for improving kidney function. With the help of online doctors, you can learn more about these therapies.