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Leg Swelling in Kidney Failure on Dialysis

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2014-03-13 10:36

When kidney failure occurs, the kidneys become less unable to remove waste products from body. Dialysis will be prescribed to replace the work that kidneys used to do. While it can keep the patients alive, the patients still can experience many complications. Leg swelling is commonly seen in kidney failure patients on dialysis.

Leg swelling in kidney failure on dialysis

Healthy kidneys can function persistently to remove fluid from body 24 hours a day. However, dialysis is often done periodically. It is not possible to eliminate all fluid from body. If fluid builds up in legs, it will result in leg swelling.

Additionally, if the dialysis patients do not follow fluid restriction between treatments, extra fluid will build up in body. Hence, it can cause swelling in face, hands and feet.

Extra buildup of fluid can make dialysis more difficult. The patients will also experience muscle pain, headache, difficult breathing and even heart damage.

How to manage leg swelling in Kidney Failure on dialysis?

Adequate dialysis should be guaranteed. It can help remove fluid from body to the greatest extent. You should limit sodium intake as sodium can make you thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you should only drink water that is just enough to quench your thirsty. Eat a piece of cold or frozen fruit.

As leg swelling during dialysis may be associated with serious conditions, you should report it to your doctor or nurse it appears.

Besides leg swelling in kidney failure on dialysis, a large number of complications still can occur. Therefore, the patients are eager to find an alternative treatment to dialysis. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is an effective treatment for kidney failure people on dialysis. It can help some patients improve renal function and help them get rid of dialysis.

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