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Swollen Ankles And Feet With Dialysis

2013-08-08 08:16

Swollen Ankles and Feet with DialysisPatients with kidney failure may experience the symptoms of swollen ankles and feet. Even though some of them have begun dialysis, their ankles and feet are still swollen. What causes swollen ankles and feet for dialysis patients? And how to treat swollen ankles and feet?

Causes of swollen ankles and feet on dialysis?

When patients with kidney failure are undergoing dialysis, it means their kidneys have been damaged severely. As we know, kidney has the ability to filter excessive fluid and waste products out of the body, and it also keeps the balance of electrolyte and acid-base. If kidney function is impaired, kidney can not discharge extra water out of the blood normally. As a result, excessive fluid builds up in the body. Besides, kidney damage causes the sodium retention. As a result the fluid and sodium retention causes swollen ankles and feet for dialysis patients.

How to treat swollen ankles and feet?

1. When excessive water builds up in the body and can not be expelled out, patients need some alternative therapies to replace. So they choose dialysis. Dialysis can replace partial kidney function, making some water filtered out of the body. But it can not make all the water expelled out of the body. This is why patients with dialysis still have swollen ankles and feet.

2. Patients with swollen ankles and feet may eat some drugs like diuretics. Diuretics can make you go to urine frequently. In this way, more water is can be removed from the body via urine. However, whether you can use diuretic depends on patients’ specific condition.

3. Chinese medicine: In China, there are many natural herbal diuretics such as aloe vera, arnica, dandelion, nettle leaf, salvia, etc. These natural herbs are helpful to not only increase kidney output but also repair damaged kidney cells.

Besides, these are some other suggestion that can also relieve swollen ankles and feet for patients on dialysis. If you want to learn more about these Chinese medicines or diet, you can consult the online doctor.

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