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The introduction of dialysis
fluid to drink. You may also
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in the mid-1940s revolution- sium to ease the workload on By Rebecca Campen, M.D., J.D. -Arm pit: Irritation under the
ized the treatment of kidney your kidneys, and take iron Tribune Media Services arms can suggest sensitivity
failure. The first method in- and vitamin supplements. to the perfume in a deodor-
vented, and since improved Of course, you might be Q: Are there any home rem- ant.
upon, is hemodialysis. During able to avoid dialysis by bet- edies that I can use for ec- If your skin is itchy, but you
this procedure, blood circu- ter controlling your diabetes. zema? are uncertain as to the under-
lates from one of your arteries Start by reducing your con- A: Eczema, the most com- lying irritant, eliminate cur- Heidi G. Valmonte,
sumption of simple sugars Tiffany Johnson
into a machine (the “artificial mon type of skin inflamma- rent products until your skin
and concentrated sweets. Eat
kidney”) that removes toxins tion (dermatitis), refers to is under control. Once your
before the blood returns to less saturated and trans fats several conditions that share skin is no longer irritated,
your body. The other method, and more fruits, vegetables a pattern of changes in the you can try your products
peritoneal dialysis, places a and high-fiber foods. If you’re surface of the skin. Eczema again one at a time, a week or
special fluid in the abdomen like most type 2 diabetics, first appears as an episode two apart, to see which one
so it can leach toxins from the you’ll need to lose weight. M.D.
of itching and redness of the may be irritating your skin.
body. Cut down on calories and skin. You also may have tiny In the meantime, use a mild, Dan Finney,
A hemodialysis treatment add 30 minutes of moderate bumps or blisters. unscented soap for bathing Nathan Bedosky,
usually takes about four physical activity a day. Even PA-C PA-C
When it develops into a and an unscented moisturizer
hours and is done three times losing 5 percent to 10 percent long-term condition (chronic if your skin is dry. Applying
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a week. During treatment, of your weight will help. And eczema), it leads to thicken- an unscented lotion contain-
you sit in a chair or lie on a
bed while you are hooked up
be sure to take the medica-
tions your doctor prescribes.
ing skin, scaling, flaking, ing menthol can help relieve
dryness and color changes. itching, and applying over-
r D .P S
to the artificial kidney. Treat-
ment takes place in a hospital
Often, these include an ACE
inhibitor to lower blood pres-
There are many types of the-counter hydrocortisone to r D .D e
eczema, depending on the red, itchy areas can be help-
or dialysis center. sure and protect the kidneys,
and metformin and/or insulin
cause, shape and location of ful. 480.396.8684
Although it works well, the rash. Eczema may also be Persistent, chronic eczema
hemodialysis takes some ad-
justment. The treatment may
to lower blood sugar.
Although people learn to
a temporary condition caused is more difficult to treat and
by exposure to certain irri- may require prescription
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make you dizzy or nauseated, cope with the challenges of tants, such as dish detergent strength medications. Eczema
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son ivy that may cause an al- tibiotics on occasions. Other
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