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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

How to Relieve Skin Itching for Dialysis Patient with PKD

2013-05-29 09:46

How to Relieve Skin Itching for Dialysis Patient with PKDWhen large kidney cysts impair more than 85% of kidney function, patients with PKD have to begin dialysis. Skin itching is a common side effect of dialysis. This unpleasant changes in patients’ skin affect many patients’ life quality. Then, most of them want to know how to relieve skin itching for dialysis patients with PKD.

What are the causes?

High phosphorus level and allergies are two common causes of itchy skin for dialysis patients. Because dialysis doesn’t remove phosphors effectively, more and more excess phosphorus build up in the body easily. Caused by allergies, skin itching usually occurs at the beginning of dialysis treatments, because patients may have an allergy to the blood tubing, dialyzer or dialyzate. According to different occurred times, you can get a gross judgement about the cause of your skin problem.

How to deal with it?

Read on! You can find many of the solutions are easy and have no side effects, so they are worth a try.

● Use cool, moist compresses on itchy areas instead of scratching.

● Wear cotton clothing, because it is less irritating to the skin than other fabrics.

● Do moderate exercise to prevent sleep problems caused by itchy skin.

● Keep your fingernails short.

● Try using a humidifier in your home, especially in winter months.

● Develop a diet plan low in phosphorus.

Besides, some medicines such as phosphorus binders and antihistamines may be also recommended to ease patients’ skin problem, but you need discuss them with your doctor or the online doctor before trying any of them.

The above medicines and lifestyle usually can ease dialysis patients’ skin itching effectively, but this problem may relapse any time. If you want to get rid of it completely, kidney function improvement and reducing the frequence of dialysis treatment is the best method. Once you can live without dialysis, your skin will be improved, too. More information can be found in “How to Improve the Kidney Function Naturally".

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