Can constipation be a side effect of dialysis? If yes, how to remit constipation in dialysis? These questions are posted by an elder who have been on dialysis for almost 5 years. Dialysis is a life-saving measurement for kidney failure patients with completely failed kidney. But in other ways, it affect patients’ life seriously. As for the questions we mentioned in the beginning of this article, we will give answers in the following.
Can constipation be a side effect of dialysis?
Dialysis indeed cause constipation problem in some cases and it occurs more easily among people with peritoneal dialysis. Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. For people with dialysis, constipation can occur under the effects of several factors like strict diet limitation, fluid restriction, and some medications. For Chronic Kidney Failure patients on peritoneal dialysis, pressure on abdomen that come from peritoneal dialysis fluid also is an inducing factor.
How to remit constipation in dialysis?
The following methods can be adopted to help dialysis patients remit constipation:
1. Increase fiber intake: A high fiber diet is one of the best way to prevent or remit constipation. Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, but some of them are also major source of potassium. Dialysis patients need to limit potassium intake, so as to avoid unnecessary health tissues. In view of this, it is of great importance for dialysis patients to found out what they can eat and what they can not eat. Generally, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapes, canned pears or peaches, carrots and corn are all examples of recommended fruits and vegetables.
2. fiber supplements: some dialysis patients may be failed to get enough fiber through diet, and in such a case, they can try some fiber supplements.
3. Dry much more water if you are not told to limit fluid intake.
4. Try some laxative if the illness condition is severe. Besides, if constipation results from long-term use of laxative, try some alternatives like herbal tea.
Hope the above methods we offered are helpful for Chronic Kidney Failure patients to remit constipation in dialysis. If there is anything unclear, please contact us directly: email@example.com.
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