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Causes of Skin Itching in ESRD on Hemodialysis

2013-05-03 11:37

Hemodialysis is a life-saving treatment for people with ESRD.If the patients adjust to it,they still can live a fulfill life.However,some patients usually experience some unpleasant changes in skin,in which skin itching commonly occurs.

Skin itching in ESRD on hemodialysis

A majority of patients on hemodialysis experience skin itching at some point.Some patients have itching all the time,while it comes and goes in some cases.Skin itching can become worse during or just after Dialysis treatment.

The following context will list the common reasons of skin itching in ESRD on hemodialysis and what may be done to help ease it.

High phosphorus levels

A common cause of skin itching is high levels of phosphorus in blood. The diseased kidneys fail to remove phosphorus from body adequately and also dialysis does not effectively remove phosphorus.This is because dialysis only can take over 10 percent of a well-functioning kidney.

The patients with ESRD should limit how much phosphorus in daily diet (Low-phosphorus Diet in Chronic Kidney Disease). Also,phosphorus binders should be taken with every meal and snacks to help prevent or stop itching.Meanwhile,adequate hemodialysis is also recommended. Keeping phosphorus levels at 5.5 or less can help relieve skin itching.


Skin itching in ESRD on hemodialysis may be due to allergies. If itching occurs at the beginning of dialysis treatments, the patients may have an allergy to dialysis machine, blood tubing or the type of heparin. You should talk it with your doctor to find out the cause. Then changes can be made to prevent skin from happening again.

Antihistamines are often used to treat allergies and can help to relieve skin itching. The patients need to consult their doctor what products are ok for them before using them.Meanwhile, some skin care products can help relieve the skin.But the patients should never use the products without checking with their doctor.

The above are the causes and managements of skin itching in ESRD on hemodialysis.There are still other ways to help relieve the disorder such as medicated bath, herbal medicine etc. You can consult us on line to get more professional advices.

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