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What are the Side Effects of Hemodialysis for Kidney Disease Patients

What are the Side Effects of Hemodialysis for Kidney Disease PatientsHemodialysis is a common treatment for people with end stage kidney failure. When kidney disease patients’ kidney function fail to work completely, the doctor will recommend them to start dialysis. However, there are some side effects of hemodialysis for kidney disease patients that they need to pay attention to.

1. Low blood pressure

The most common side effects of hemodialysis is low blood pressure, which is occurred when too much fluids removed from blood during hemodialysis. When patients suffer from low blood pressure, they may feel nausea and dizziness, or even shock.

2. Muscle cramps

Patients may also suffer from muscle cramps when they are on hemodialysis, and patients may feel uncomfortable or sometimes painful, especially in legs. The muscle cramp can be caused by some certain reasons, such as the fluid removed too fast during dialysis or too much fluid removed.

3. Infections and clotting

Dialysis patients also need to care about their access, because the access can be infected or inflamed, which will make patients suffer from some other complications. Besides, an access can become clotted with blood, which can prevent blood flow, and people will not allow to have dialysis.

4. Itching

Skin itching is also a common side effects of hemodialysis, and the main cause of skin itching is high phosphorus levels in blood. Because the hemodialysis cant help remove the phosphorus from blood, and high phosphorus level in blood will cause skin itching. Besides, some patients may get allergy with the hemodialysis tubes, if patients have skin itching when they start hemodialysis, this may be caused by allergy. They need to tell their doctor immediately to stop dialysis.

Above are the common side effects of hemodialysis for kidney disease patients, so patients need to pay attention to these when they start on dialysis. If you suffer from one or more of these side effects, you need to tell your doctor right now, they will help you to prevent these side effects. If you still have some questions, you can contact with our experts online, they will free help you as soon as possible.

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