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Healthy kidneys can remove excessive fluid and wastes from body, to balance fluid levels in body. When kidneys fail to work adequately to control fluid balance, dialysis will be used to remove excess fluids. During dialysis process, you should limit fluid intake.
Hemodialysis can remove fluids and wastes through blood circulation out of body. Taking too much fluid off too quickly in a hemodialysis session can cause cramps and low blood pressure. Therefore, you should limit fluids intake between treatments to avoid too much fluids building up before dialysis. If you are on peritoneal dialysis, you need not have so strict limitation on fluid intake. But limiting fluid intake is also essential. In peritoneal dialysis, your fluid limit will depend on how effectively fluid is removed by your exchanges.
If too much fluid accumulates in body, it can cause high blood pressure and shortness of breath and even lead to heart problems. For limiting fluids intake, you may have thirst during dialysis process. Some tips can help to deal with it.
1. You should reduce the intake of salt and other forms of sodium as well as salt substitutes. You should consult a dietitian to determine how much sodium you should take in a day.
2. Suck on a lemon wedge. You can freeze it first if you like.
3. If you have diabetes, controlling blood sugar level can relieve thirst.
If you want to know more ways to how to deal with thirst when you are on dialysis, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org.