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What Foods Can Relieve Skin Itching after Dialysis


2013-06-15 14:05

What Foods Can Relieve Skin Itching after DialysisSkin itching is commonly seen in people on dialysis.Some feel itchy all the time.Most of the patients say it becomes worse during or just after dialysis treatment.Why do the patients experience skin itching?What foods can relieve it?

A common cause of skin itching for people on dialysis is a high level of phosphorus in the body. Phosphorus is a mineral and it is important to keep the bone healthy. However, the diseased kidneys can not filter phosphorus efficiently, thus resulting in high level of phosphorus in body. Also, Dialysis does not effectively remove phosphorus.

What foods can relieve skin itching after dialysis?

The patients should limit foods high in phosphorus.High phosphorus foods to limit or avoid:

Dairy products: cheese,milk,cream soups,ice cream,pudding,yogurt

Vegetables: dried beans and peas,lentils, limas,split peas

Beverages :dark colas,beer,cocoa,ale,drinks made with milk canned iced teas

Protein:carp,crayfish, chicken liver,fish roe, sardines, oysters

Other foods: nuts,wheat germs,caramels, bran cereals

In addition to controlling how much phosphorus is in your renal diet, doctor may prescribe phosphorus binders with every meal and snacks. It can help prevent or stop itching.You should try to maintain a phosphorus level at 5.5 or less. How to arrange your diet to reduce phosphorus in your meals? You can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  to get a personalized dietary plan.

In some cases, skin itching is caused by allergies. If the itching occurs at the beginning of dialysis treatments, an allergy to the blood tubing, dialysis machine may be the contributable cause. Antihistamines and itch-relieving products are commonly used to treat allergies and have helped to relieve itching.

Besides skin itching in dialysis, the patients may also suffer dry skin, skin discoloration and other skin problems.If you are affiliated with these problems, you can consult us on line to get solutions.


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