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How to Limit Fluids and Control Thirst during Dialysis

2013-01-16 11:29

How to Limit Fluids and Control Thirst during DialysisPeople on dialysis often keep restriction on fluids intake. It is good for their health, but it can cause thirst easily. How to limit fluids and control thirst?

When your kidneys fail to work, dialysis can help remove excess fluid buildup in body. However, if you have high intake of fluids between treatment, taking too much fluid off too quickly in a hemodialysis session can cause cramps and low blood pressure. Also, fluid overload can cause high blood pressure and shortness of breath. Over time, too much fluid can damage your heart by making it work harder. With no kidney function, your fluid limit on in-center hemodialysis will be about 1 liter per day or just under 32 ounces. However, limiting fluids will certainly cause thirst for people on dialysis.

Tips on limiting fluids and controlling thirst during Dialysis

* Reducing salt and other forms of sodium and avoid salt substitutes. You should ask your dietitian how much sodium you should take each day. Meanwhile, you should avoid very sweet foods.

* Bring a list of the medicines you are taking to a pharmacist and ask if they can cause thirst. If thirst is caused by medicine, it should be replaced with alternative medicine.

* If you are on dialysis, you should be aware of all the fluids in your diet including ice cream, soup, grave, etc.

* Eating ice instead of drinking water can relive the thirst without taking in much water.

* Eat a piece of cold or frozen fruit.

* Rinse your mouth with cold water or swish mouthwash and spit it out.

* Some sour lemon hard candies can help relive thirst for dialysis patients.

The above are some tips for limiting fluids and controlling thirst during dialysis. To avoid weight gain, you should weigh yourself every day. It can help you keep the right dry body weight and bring the best dialysis effect.

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