Cause and Treatment of Skin Itching for Kidney Patients Under Dialysis2013-12-26 11:15
Skin itching is a common symptom for kidney disease patients who are under dialysis, then what can cause skin itching and how to treat the skin itching for dialysis patients? In this passage, we will reduce the common cause and treatment of skin itching for kidney patients under dialysis.
Common causes of skin itching for kidney patients under dialysis
- Excessive phosphorus deposition
Dialysis can help remove out some excessive wastes and fluids in blood, but dialysis cant filter out the phosphorus and other toxins which will cause high phosphorus level in blood. And high phosphorus level in blood is a main cause of skin itching.
- Allergic to dialyzer
If you find you have skin itching at the beginning of dialysis, you may have allergic reactions to the dialyzer, blood tubing or medications you used in dialysis. If you have alleviation, you should tell your doctor right now.
- High PTH levels
During dialysis, the PTH level will increase because of the decrease of calcium level and the increase of phosphorus level, which is also a cause of skin itching.
Treatments for skin itching for kidney patients under dialysis
- Blood purifications
As dialysis cant filter out the phosphorus and other toxins out, kidney patients can try blood purifications to remedy their kidney disease, which can clean the blood and remove the toxins out. Blood purifications is a systemic treatments kidney disease patients which can help them to get rid of dialysis.
- Controlling phosphorus level
Patients can chang the phosphorus level from their daily diet, they need to get rid of the high phosphorus foods and take some low phosphorus foods, which will not increase the amount of phosphorus in blood.
- Antihistamines and itch-relieving creams
Antihistamines are usually used to treat allergies which can help relieve skin itching. The common used antihistamines are diphenhydramines, hydroxyzine and chlorpheniramine. There are also some other medicines that can help ease the skin itching, such as capsaicin cream, witch hazel and creams with lanolin or camphor. But the patients should ask the advices of their doctors before the take these medicines to remit their skin itching.
Above are the cause and treatment of skin itching for kidney patients with dialysis. As we know, dialysis can help patients to live longer, but it cant help patients to remedy their kidney disease. So they need to find some effective treatments to treat their kidney damage. Only the kidney function is improved, the skin itching and other complications caused by dialysis can be controlled fundamentally.