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Why Does Your Skin Darken During Dialysis
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
Increased pigment: Kidney failure often causes increased pigmentation similar to tanning. The mechanism may be related to molecules and toxins that build up and are incompletely removed by dialysis. The pigmentation usually causes no problems. There can also be small deposits of calcium in skin, itching, sores from scratching and other skin problems in dialysis patients that can cause more severe symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does the skin of a dialysis patient turn dark and sort of scaly after numerous sessions? Can they take something to prevent it?
Dialysis: In general dialysis patients do complain of dry, darker skin, itching, etc. However one should keep in mind that these are complications of severe kidney insufficiency and result of toxins accumulating in your body. These skin changes are not from dialysis, in fact the whole goal of dialysis is to help and remove these toxins from your body. ...Read more
Don't Know: I have reasearched your question and have no good answer. Others have asked the same question and have not found a good answer. However, my suggestion is to have a dermatologist look at these spots and see if a cause can be found. ...Read more
ESRD and fertility: While being on dialysis does decrease fertility, pregnancy is still possible. Men are affected to a much much smaller degree then women. Many organizations recommend pregnant dialysis patients receive more frequent dialysis than other patients in attempts to have healthier newborns. Talk to your doctor and dialysis team if your intentions are pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more
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