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How to Manage Dehydration during Dialysis


2013-06-10 10:34

The kidneys play a vital role in maintaining the level of fluid and sodium in body.When the kidneys fail to work adequately,dialysis will replace the native kidneys to perform the functions. If dialysis is performed improperly, dehydration or fluid overload may occur. How to manage dehydration during dialysis?

Healthy kidneys work 24 h a day, 7 days a week. However, if you are on hemodialysis, it is often only done 3 times a week. So you have to remove the extra fluid accumulating your body between the treatments in such a short time.It is important to calculate how much fluid should be removed each time to avoid dehydration.

Optimal fluid management is achieved by adjusting the post-dialysis target weight and where necessary,limiting the fluid gained between dialysis sessions.The target weight refers to the weight after all the extra fluid is removed from your body.

If extra fluid is removed during Dialysis, it will cause dehydration. What happens if you go below the target weight? You may experience the following symptoms:

*Thirst

*Dry mouth

*Lightheadedness that goes away when laying down

**Cramping

*Nausea

*Restlessness

*Cold extremities

*Rapid heartbeat

To avoid the above problems, the patient should record their weight before and after dialysis treatments and report their doctors if they have any discomfort during dialysis.

Meanwhile, if the extra fluid in body can not be removed by dialysis adequately, it will cause fluid overload,thus resulting in an array of problems such as swelling, shortness of breath etc.

To avoid dehydration and fluid overload, it is important for the patients to adjust their fluid intake between dialysis treatments. How much fluid they should have depends on their urine output and swelling degree. You can read this article to get more detailed information Recommended Daily Fluid Intake for People on Dialysis.



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