I have been on dialysis since 2010, I am 24 years of age, well my health has been good from dialysis. I go three times a week for four hours, but none of my doctors can give me a straight answer to my dark skin, they just tell me its from my kidneys not working. Can anyone answer my question in why I am so dark from dialysis?
When kidneys are not able to excrete the waste that their body produces, dialysis will be needed. Dark skin in dialysis patients is usually related to pigments called urochromes that are retained in the skin. They are usually excreted by healthy kidneys but not in End Stage Renal Disease, nor are they eliminated by dialysis. Compared with common people, the melanocyte stimulating hormone in the blood is 10 times likely to build up in chronic renal failure patients’ blood. Moreover, a frost usually appears in skin, which also causes very itchy skin.
Though dialysis is expected to eliminate some wastes and toxins to a certain degree, it will never be what a kidney can be. Our kidneys works 24 hours a day, people probably pee 4 to 8 times a day to eliminate toxins and wastes. While dialysis only happens 2 to 6 hours every other day.
The best way to deal with dark skin is to make kidneys work normally again. Nowadays, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and Immunotherapy are commonly used in clinic to save kidneys by repairing kidney damage and recovering renal function. So be optimistic about your life. We will be here fighting against the disease together with you. Feel free to let us know if having any follow-up questions.