Many kidney failure patients with kidney dialysis need to scratch themselves all the time due to sever itching problem. This affects their life seriously and has become one of the major complains. Here, we will introduce some natural remedies for itching skin in patients with kidney dialysis and hope it is helpful for you.
Firstly, have a daily baths or showers to wash away skin irritants, but remember to avid having very hot baths, as this may dry the skin even more. Besides, you can try to add a few tablespoons of cornstarch, baking soda or oatmeal to a bath. A moisturizing soap also can be helpful. After the bath, capsaicin cream can be used to relieve itching by deadening nerve impulses. In addition, although having bath is helpful, for kidney failure patients with dialysis, the day they do dialysis is not recommended to have bath, so as to avoid causing necessary problems.
Secondly, wear cotton clothing, as it may be less irritating to the skin than other fabrics. Also, when it becomes extremely hard to bear the itching, using cool and moist compresses on itchy areas, instead of scratching.
Thirdly, calamine lotion also can be used to help dialysis patients remit itching, owing to its cooling and soothing effect on itchy areas.
Fourthly, sunlight or ultraviolet light treatment is also an option for kidney failure patients with severe skin problem. Ultraviolet, whether from the sun or through treatments, changes the chemicals on the skin, which can help to alleviate itching feeling. It is about 90% of patients had relief from itching after one to six months’ treatment.
Fifthly, high phosphorus is considered as one of the major cause for kidney failure patients suffer from skin problem. In some cases, dialysis can not remove excess phosphorus out of the blood successfully, so patients still suffer from itching skin after dialysis. Under such a condition, limiting phosphorus intake will be imperative. Try to maintain a phosphorus level at 5.5 or less. In our daily life, common foods high in phosphorus include cheese, nuts, bacon, flax seeds, roasted soybeans, all-bran cereal, almonds, beef, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, dried fruits, hard potatoes and herring and so on.
The above are the several tips that can help dialysis patients to remit itching skin. If there is anything unclear or you have further questions, please feel free to consult our consultant online or leave message to email@example.com directly.
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