Skin itching troubles a lot of dialysis patients. It has three main causes. According to different causes, there are different solutions. But the fundamental way is to repair kidney damage and improve kidney function.

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What to Do with Skin Itching for Dialysis Patients

2017-06-07 07:40

What to Do with Skin Itching for Dialysis PatientsAbout 1/3 kidney failure patients have skin itching more or less, whereas for dialysis patients, the morbidity of skin itching increases to 60%-90%. And with the ongoing of dialysis, this symptom will become more and more serious so as to affect living quality. What to do with skin itching for dialysis patients? Now go on reading to learn more information.

There are many reasons for skin itching. Here let’s see the main three causes and their solutions.

1. Phosphorus metabolic disturbance

Because the damaged kidneys can not remove excess phosphorus out of body adequately, blood phosphorus level increases gradually, which can reduce blood calcium level, leading to hyperthyroidism. Skin itching is a common symptom of hyperthyroidism.


-To limit phosphorus intake and avoid eating animal pluck

-To apply activated vitamin D

-To do not scratch the itching area and cut your nails regularly to prevent skin infections

-To use some antibiotics ointments under the guidance of doctors

2. Allergy

During dialysis, heparin, plasticizer that softens vascular pathway, disinfectant in dialyzer and so on may stimulate your spleen, bone marrows, mastocyte in your skin to proliferate. They can cause allergy so as to increase histamine, leading to skin itching.


-To use histamine medicines to relieve skin itching

-To use dialyzer with good biocompatibility so as to reduce allergic reaction

-To confirm there is not residual disinfectant in dialyzer

3. Inadequate dialysis

Inadequate dialysis can cause a lot of waste products such as urea to build up in body, which can stimulate skin and shrink glands, leading to dry skin and skin itching.


-To reduce the repeat application of low flux dialyzer and increase dialysis times in a week. If permitted, dialyzer with moderate flux (ultrafiltration coefficient 15-30 mL/mmHg*h*m2) is recommended to conduct dialysis.

-To apply cold water or frozen towels onto skin to alleviate itching. If it is dry skin, you can use cream or soap.

-Dialysis is not a very good choice for kidney failure patients to live a high quality life. If you can repair kidney damage and promote kidney function, you can greatly ease such a problem. In our hospital, we use Toxin-Removing Treatment to achieve this goal.

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