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What Can A Dialysis Patient Take For A Cold
No: Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulfate and ingesting excess magnesium while on dialysis is not a real good idea. I strongly urge you to talk with your doctor about this question. He/she can give you more detailed information and advice. Read more
Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more
Avoid decongestants.: Best to check with your nephrologist for specific advice that is tailored to you. Many cold medicines with decongestants can raise blood pressure and most dialysis patients already have high blood pressure. Coricidin HBP contains medicines that will not affect your blood pressure so this may me a safe option. Read more
Itching: High phosphorus levels in a dialysis patient can lead to many issues. Usually most patients itch uncontrollably. However over time elevated phosphorus levels can alter bone structure, lead to calcium deposits on heart vessels and cause nerve damage throughout the body. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What if a dialysis patient takes a medication or something that isn't dialyzable and can't be removed by dialysis?
See below: Prescribing for pts on dialysis can be challenging. Many drugs are not cleared by the kidneys. The drug’s clearance and therapeutic index determine if a dose adjustment is needed. When prescribing for pts on dialysis, it is essential to consult a reference guide to determine if the drug is subject to renal clearance and requires a dose adjustment. Best to discuss with a nephrologist. Read more
Here are some...: You will get most pertinent answer for this Q from the treating nephrologist who oversees dialysis, since this doc possesses more clinically relevant information about you. Of course, you may take it once for a while, not on regular basis like those in "normal" health. So, ask the right doc for timely right answer. Best wish... Read more
Call your: Dr..... Withour more detail I an not provide more, however with what you did provide I would suggest you call your dr or be seen in an ed. Read more
Steroids: Patients on dialysis can have low testosterone, especially if they have diabetes. Those patients may be prescribed testosterone (an anabolic steroid) or even growth hormone to increase muscle mass or a sense of well-being. Other times patients on dialysis may have an inflammatory condition (asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.) or a kidney transplant and require Prednisone (corticisteroid). Read more
Why does the skin of a dialysis patient turn dark and sort of scaly after numerous sessions? Can they take something to prevent it?
Dark skin: The darkening of the skin from dialysis is thought to be due to chemicals that build up in the skin from kidney insufficiency. There isn't much to do for it except to stay out of the sun. Read more
I am a dialysis patient for 2 yrs. I lift 5 to 10 pds of weights, is it okay for my av fistula. And what can I take to build muscle?
AVF and weights: The answer to your question about lifting weights being ok for your avf is "yes". You need to speak to your renal dietician about what you can eat to build up muscle. Good luck. Read more
Definitely: A patient can take theappeton cause they provide vital vitamins and nutrients that would are important for a patient on peritoneal dialysis. Also a patient should also be taking in lots of protein as patients on peritoneal dialysis lose lots of muscle mass and protein. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm a dialysis patient I have a sinus headache im also allergic to tylenol (acetaminophen) what can I take for this sinus headache?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)....: ..If it's an allergic sinus headache. You can take a anti-inflammatory medication, like advil (ibuprofen) if there aren't reasons for you not to take nsaids. For example if you have a history of recent GI bleed or taking another blood thinner. You need to be cautious with NSAID use if you have kidney disease to prevent further decline. Since you are on dialysis you can take an NSAID but i'd use a low dose. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes many do. But it is important to first have the infection controlled with medication. Increasing viral loads in the blood may require a delay until the infection is controlled. Read more
Don't Really Know: Have spent a bunch of time researching your question and can find no good answer. It is reported to improve renal function in some patients and there are many testimonials to its benefits. However, the peer reviewed medical literature is a bit sparse on the subject. Before doing anything, I would strongly recommend you talk with your kidney doctor. Read more
When kidneys fail: People are treated with dialysis when the kidneys are no longer able to perform their main functions: filtering out toxins and removing excess body fluids. For an excellent reference, look for the book "Help! I Need Dialysis! " by Dori Schatell and John Agar, MD. LGromkoMD Read more
Clean & Squeeze: Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function. Missing a session puts you 4-5 days between treatments and at risk for electrolyte and/or fluid retention problems. Read more
Dialysis diet: Patients on dialysis need to have diet that are special to them. If they are not diabetic, the usual diet is a two gram sodium, 2 gram potassium and 80 gram protein diet. If they are diabetic, they may be on a 1800-2200 calorie ADA diet, as another restriction. Speak to the dietitian at the patient's dialysis center for more specific information. Good luck. Read more
See below: In general regular dialysis. Watch fluid intake. Follow dietician's instructions. Take medications on time. Your dialysis center has a dedicated team of doctor, dietician, social worker, dialysis staff- please follow their instructions. They spend a lot of time, sometimes without your knowledge planning optimal health for you. Please get on transplant list. Read more
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