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Why Are the ESRD Patients at High Risk for Infection

2014-01-12 03:03

Why Are the ESRD Patients at High Risk for InfectionESRD is short for end stage renal disease. In this stage, patients are at high risk for infection. Why? In this following, you may find the answer.


For ESRD patients, dialysis is a kidney replacement treatment to filter the wastes and toxins from the body. An access site is an area of the body where a needle or catheter is inserted to perform dialysis. If you pay no attention to hygiene to the access site, it is easy for you to have infection.

Low Immunity

Low immunity also put you at high risk for infection. Immunosuppressors are common drugs to treat kidney disease. They are very effective on treating the symptoms, but they can lower your immunity for long-term use. Without a strong immune system, you will be exposed to various bacteria and virus. They invade your body easily.

Diabetes-related infections

If your kidney disease is caused by diabetes, you may also be at risk for diabetes-related infections. Because the high sugar in the blood prevents white blood cells from doing their jobs. As a result, white blood cells can not protect you from infection. Infection caused by diabetes usually takes a long time to recover.

Ruptured kidney cysts

Kidney cysts can also lead to ESRD. If the cysts rupture, the fluid in the cyst will flow out, contributing to the infection.

Under normal circumstance, antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor. And you should take some preventive measures to prevent infection, such as keeping the access site clean, eating natural herbs instead, controlling the blood sugar, and inhibiting the cysts from burst.

Infections can become life threatening if allowed to spread throughout the body. Therefore, you should take measures timely once you find infection. With the help of the online doctors, you will learn more knowledge about infection.

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