A majority of patients with kidney disease who are on dialysis often have the skin itching and dry skin problems. Many patients have worse itching during or just after dialysis. Here are some common causes of itching and dry skin problems and solutions for them. They may be helpful in easing their skin itching.
First, skin itching
1. Control phosphorus level
High level of phosphorus is in body is a common cause of itching. As dialysis
can not remove the phosphorus in body effectively, it will build up in their
bodies. Therefore, a low-phosphorus diet is necessary for the patients on
Allergies are also important reason for itching. If the patients have itching
at the beginning of dialysis, they may be allergic to the blood tubing, dialysis
machine or some elements in the dialysis fluid. The patients should let their
doctors know this so as to make some changes.
In addition, sunlight or ultraviolet can help the patients alleviate the
itching. UV light can help change the chemicals on the skin, which can cease
some skin problems.
Second, dry skin
Dry skin is also a common complication for patients with Renal Failure.
Kidney Failure may cause changes in sweat glands and oil glands, which is the
main reason for dry skin. In order to alleviate and even get rid of dry skin,
the patients should avoid long, hot shower. Moreover, they should be careful in
choosing soap and bath cream. The patients should use those without harsh
perfumes or chemicals. After bath, they should apply a moisturizing cream to
smooth all over their body. Moreover, the patients should avoid using soap and
cream with alcohol so as to avoid irritation to their skin.
These solutions are easy and do not have side effects to patients. The
patients on dialysis can have a try so as to alleviate the skin problems.