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African American, Darkness in Skin, 3 Dialysis a Week

Posted:by kidneytc  Time:2014-04-12 17:13

Topics: Kidney Failure Symptoms Dialysis

Details: Question: I am a african american who has noticed a darker complexion in my skin. I have dialysis 3 times a week for 3 hours 15 minutes. How can I get rid of the darkness in my skin?

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Answer: Before answering your question: how to get rid of the darkness in skin, I’d love to firstly explain why dialysis patients have dark skin problem.

Causes of dark skin in dialysis

For dialysis patients, their kidneys have lost almost all their working ability which can cause skin discoloration. A pigment in our body is called urochromes and normally excreted by the healthy kidneys. So when kidneys fail to function properly, urochrome will build up in the body and thus cause skin to be dark in color. In general, patients with this condition tend to have a grayish, almost metallic color skin.

Besides, apart from this problem, dialysis patients also run high risk for other skin problems like skin itching and dry skin.

How to get rid of darkness in skin for dialysis patients?

Since retention of urochromes is the real cause for dark skin, clearing excess urochromes away from body is very important. Kidney can help to discharge wastes out of the body, so by improving kidney function, problem of dark skin can be solved fundamentally. Additional, for patients who do dialysis three times a week, when kidney becomes tronger, their dialysis frequency can be reduced. Also, they have a certain chance to get rid of dialysis.

Chinese medicine can be used to improve kidney function and it works through increasing the self-curative ability of damaged injured kidney intrinsic cells. Just like cells in our hand, they have a certain self-curative ability. When they are damaged mildly, they can get recovery by themselves. However, if the damage is too severe, they will become necrotic finally. For a dialysis patient, there are healthy, injured and necrotic kidney tissues. Necrotic kidney tissues can not be revived, but with Chinese medicine, some injured kidney intrinsic cells can be repaired. And when these kidney cells begin to work again, kidney function gets improved and skin problem is solved too.

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