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How to Control Breathlessness for Dialysis Patients

How to Control Breathlessness for Dialysis PatientsIf you are undergoing dialysis, you will be at a high risk of breathlessness or shortness of breath. On one hand, breathing problems make you uncomfortable. On the other hand, the underlying causes may be life-threatening. Hence, it is very necessary to control breathlessness for dialysis patients timely.

The first step is to find out the underlying causes.

Dialysis is one kidney replacement therapy, but it can’t be as effective as healthy kidneys. Generally speaking, the longer patients on dialysis, the more side effects or complications they have. As said by nephrologists, several conditions can cause dialysis patients’ breathlessness.

1. Fluid retention: If you drink too much fluid during dialysis sessions or dialysis doesn’t work sufficiently, extra fluid will build up in the body. Breathlessness is just one sign of fluid retention in lungs.

2. Hemolysis: For dialysis patients, many conditions can lead to hemolysis. For example, the sodium content of dialyzate is too low, the temperature of dialyzate is too high, mistake of blood transfusion happens during dialysis, and so on. Once hemolysis occurs, patients are more likely to present chest pain, breathlessness, fever and some other symptoms.

Then, learn to how to control breathlessness for dialysis patients.

According to the underlying reasons, dialysis patients should control their fluid intake strictly for maintaining their stable dry weight. Besides, some other methods that can deal with or prevent hemolysis are also needed.

- Manage hemolysis as soon as it occurs

- If hemolysis is serious, patients should stop dialysis timely.

- Treat renal anemia timely

- Monitor serum potassium carefully and avoid the onset of hyperkalemia

- Modify the content and temperature of dialyzate correctly

The above methods indeed can help alleviate dialysis patients’ breathlessness. If you want to get rid of these discomforts completely and you still have urination output, you can ask help from the doctor online. Therefore, they can try their best to help you reduce the frequency of dialysis or even stop it.

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