As we all know, dialysis is also called “artificial kidney”, because it replaces the kidney to discharge wastes and toxins. Normally, excessive fluid will be removed so that swelling in patients can be relieved. Yet, some people are still swollen after dialysis. Is it normal? Why does that happen? How to deal with that condition? Do not worry, I will explain you item by item.
Why am I still swollen after dialysis?
There are several factors that can lead to swelling during dialysis, such as:
- Hypoproteinemia: That means low protein level in blood, which may be due to low-protein intake diet. As a result, Plasma colloid osmotic pressure drops, leading to plasma enter into the blood and thus cause swelling.
- Inadequate dialysis
If the dialysis is inadequate, the fluid cannot be excreted effectively so that swelling occurs in patients.
- High blood pressure
Hypertension is normal in renal failure patients. Uncontrolled high blood pressure will cause swelling indirectly by damaging the kidneys.
- Large amount of drinking water
This is not the common reason, because the patients are always be monitored their intake of water. Whatever, you should keep proper intake of water and maintain your weight under your doctor’s advice.
How to get rid of swelling during dialysis?
- Diuretics: Patients can take diuretics to discharge more fluid by increasing urine output. However, whether you can take this kind of medicine is depend on your own condition.
- Chinese herbs: There are many natural herbal diuretics such as aloe vera, arnica, dandelion, nettle leaf, salvia, etc. These natural herbs are helpful for not only increasing urine output but also repairing damaged kidney cells.
Dialysis indeed can relieve your symptoms quickly and effectively, but it is not treating the disease from the root and it also has some side effects that you may be or will experience. In the long run, you should find other natural and effective treatment for your kidney disease. You are welcomed to consult us for that purpose.