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Why Does Dialysis Cause Fatigue and Itching

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2014-03-09 07:49

Dialysis is a lifesaving method for people whose kidneys fail to function. While it can keep the patients alive, it still can cause many annoying discomforts. Why does dialysis cause fatigue and itching?

Fatigue and dialysis

Fatigue, where you have no energy all the time, is a common side effect in people who have used both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Fatigue can be caused by a combination of causes.

The overall stress and anxiety that are caused by the long-term disease is a possible cause of fatigue during dialysis.

Based on the body weight, a certain amount of fluid should be removed from body by dialysis each treatment period. However, if extra fluid is eliminated from body by dialysis, it will cause fatigue.

The dietary restrictions associated with dialysis may lead to malnutrition. Without adequate energy supply, it can cause fatigue for dialysis patients.

Itching and dialysis

A major of dialysis patients, whether they do hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, may experience itching at some point. Some patients may feel itchy all the time, while for others it comes and goes. The major cause of itching is a high level of phosphorus in the body. Since dialysis can not remove phosphorus as efficiently as the native kidneys.

Sometimes itching is caused by allergies. If the itching occurs at the beginning of dialysis treatments, the itching may be caused by an allergy to the blood tubing, dialyzer, or heparin.

Apart from fatigue and itching, dialysis can still cause many discomforts. Therefore, the patients are eager to find an alternative treatment. If the renal function can be improved, dialysis will not be required. The combination of Blood Purification and Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is the treatment option for dialysis patients.

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