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Itching in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Itching in Peritoneal Dialysis PatientsQuite a number of peritoneal dialysis patients suffer from some unpleasant skin changes. Among them, itching, or pruritus, is the most common. Why does skin itching appear in peritoneal dialysis patients? How to deal with it?

We know itching is not particular in peritoneal dialysis, and it also occurs in some kidney failure patients who haven’t begun peritoneal dialysis. Therefore, one cause is low kidney function. When kidneys fail to work, extra phosphorus and large molecular toxins will build up in the blood. Peritoneal dialysis can help discharge part of extra phosphorus out of the body but can do nothing for large molecular toxins. This can induce itching easily.

In some cases, itchy skin may be also due to allergic reactions. This condition usually appears in the beginning of peritoneal dialysis.

Here, we can know skin itching is attributed to two causes. According to the causes, we give out some suggestions to help alleviate these patients’ skin itching.

1. Alter Blood Purification Method: Conventional blood purification methods, both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, can’t cleanse the blood thoroughly. In view of this, you can try immune adsorption, plasma exchange or CRRT. These methods can eliminate not only small molecular but also moderate and large molecular substances. Therefore, they can ease patients’ skin itching largely.

2. Control the intake of phosphorus-containing foods: Phosphorus in our blood mainly comes from what we eat, so peritoneal dialysis patients with itching are recommended to limit the intake of these foods including nuts, seafoods and animal giblets.

3. Regulate internal environment: Some Chinese medicines can help regulate and keep the internal environment balance. Besides, they can also help repair damaged but not necrotic kidney cells through increasing the blood flow into kidneys and prompting their self-healing system. However, the users should have more patience.

The above methods are natural and worth a try. If you still have something unclear, you can leave us a message below to learn more about peritoneal dialysis and skin itching.

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