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Hair Loss for People on Dialysis

2012-12-12 14:10

Hair Loss for People on Dialysis Hair loss is a common problem for people on dialysis. It may make the patients less attractive and annoy them so much. Why does hair become visibly abnormal when people develop kidney disease?

Zinc deficiency

Zinc deficiency is a major cause of hair loss for people on Dialysis. People with kidney disease are at high risk for zinc deficiency for several reasons. The patients have to limit the consumption of proteins. A low protein diet is low in zinc and may not meet a person’s daily needs. Additionally, less intake of beans, nuts and dairy products are rich in zinc. Less consumption of these foods can reduce the intake of zinc.


Certain medicines prescribed to people on dialysis can cause hair loss. Some tests should be done to determine if the hair change is related to medicines. However, the patients should never stop using medicines without the doctor’s permission.


Hair loss for people on dialysis may stem from malnutrition. The patients on dialysis often suffer from poor appetite. It can affect their intake of nutrients significantly. Meanwhile, hair is made up of protein. However, the patients with kidney disease have to limit its intake strictly.

Because of dietary restriction, the patients with kidney disease may not get ample vitamin supplement. Also, they may lose vitamin during dialysis. Usually, the patients should increase the intake of vitamins and develop a meal plan to help them get adequate protein and nutrition.

In most cases, hair loss is temporary for people on dialysis. It will begin to grow back after a couple of months. If you are experiencing the problem, you should speak with your doctor to see its causes and then take treatment or change diet to treat it.

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