The primary way toxins in the blood are removed is through urination; however, people with kidney failure have to go through dialysis to purify their blood. Generally, routine dialysis can only occur three times a week, and it replaces a small part of the work kidneys normally do. There is also the potential for complications, such as cramps and itchy skin. Of course, patients’ conditions and their dialysis needs are different, so reactions to the therapy vary.
Dialysis causes discomfort and takes a few hours to complete. The following are some items dialysis patients should be aware of in the best interest of their condition.
- The treatment is long-term and has to be done on a regular basis. Don’t skip or miss a treatment; otherwise, the toxins can accumulate and won’t be removed in time.
- Each therapy has to be thorough. Sit through each session for as long as it takes for a thorough cleaning of the blood. That time allows for a better treatment.
- Keep an eye on your diet. Pay attention to the content of potassium and phosphorus in food, and ensure an appropriate amount of protein intake. For patients with a poor appetite or on a restricted diet, make sure to get enough nutrients or supplements.
- Watch your water intake so as not to burden the body. Dialysis patients need to limit their liquid intake on non-treatment days. When patients consume just a few cups of liquid on non-treatment days, they need to have it extracted out of their system during the next therapy session, which can cause their blood pressure to drop drastically and a chain-reaction to other symptoms. That is why many dialysis patients don’t have urine because they keep strict control over their liquid intake.
Translated by Cecilia
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.