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How to Treat a Fever during Dialysis

2013-03-18 15:34

How should someone who is on dialysis treat a fever? Fever is commonly seen during dialysis. You should never neglect it as it may indicate more serious conditions.

Why do people have fever during dialysis treatment?

Dialysis is also called artificial kidney. In dialysis, the blood is removed from the body and filtered through dialysis machine, and then the filtered blood is returned to the body. To perform dialysis there needs to be an access created to get the blood from the body to the dialyzer and back to the body. The catheter insertion is exposed to the outside, the patients on dialysis have higher chance of infections which are the major causes of fever.

The patients who are on dialysis have very weak immunity so the foreign invaders are more likely to invade into their body. They would be infected easily, which can lead to fever.

Additionally, fever during dialysis may be attributed to the below causes.

*Cooling dialysate: If the dialysate is too cold, this will cause discomfortable feels. If it is left untreated, it may lead to fever.

* First-use syndrome:This condition occurs among patients who use dialysis for the first time. Apart from fever, the patients also experience back pain, shortness of breath and skin itching etc.

How to treat a fever during dialysis?

If the fever is related to infection, antibiotics should be used to treat it. It is necessary for the patients to figure out the specific type of bacteria and use the corresponding antibiotics to treat it.

To reduce the risk of infection, it is important for the patients to enhance their immunity. Regular exercise and enough supplement of nutrients can help a lot.

Additionally, the patients should keep the catheter insertion clean. It can reduce the incidence of infection significantly.

If fever is not controlled in time, it may lead to more serious conditions. So if it occurs, you should report it to your doctor and then take measures to treat it.

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