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Is hair loss common in dialysis patients? In fact, it is. Why does dialysis cause hair loss?
Lack of protein
Dialysis does not only filter the wastes and toxins from your blood, but also part of protein. Therefore, you should intake more protein on dialysis than in the kidney failure stage. If not, it is easy for you to suffer from lack of protein. As a result, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth.
What you should do is to supplement more high quality protein, including fish, lean meat and egg whites. It is recommended for dialysis patients to eat 1.2 g/kg per day.
Dialysis can not replace your kidneys totally. Once your kidneys malfunction, they can not secrete enough erythropoietin. And the wastes and toxins in the blood can also affect the life span of red blood cells. Besides, diet restriction can make you have iron deficiency. As a result, dialysis patients easily suffer from anemia. Anemia due to an iron deficiency is an easily cause of hair loss. What you should do is to supplement iron.
Inadequate dialysis can cause wastes and toxins to build up in the body, which may play a role in hair loss. In this case, you should talk with your doctor and take actions.
Physical and emotional stress
Both emotional and physical stress have associated with hair loss. It is possible that stress induces hormonal changes that are responsible for the hair loss. You should keep an optimistic mood to fight with the kidney disease.
Thyroid disease, Vitamin B deficiency, side effects of certain blood thinners and the blood pressure-drugs can all cause hair loss.
All the underlying causes of hair loss may accelerate the development of your state of illness. And hair loss is just one of the side effects of dialysis. If you would like to get rid of dialysis, you can leave a message or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our nephrologists can help you make a personalized treatment plan.
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