Chronic Kidney Disease patients and especially those who conduct Dialysis find that showering is a very important exercise for its elements of cleanliness as well as its therapeutic nature which serves as a stress reliever and refresher. While many incorporate soaps into their shower ritual, did you know that you may be doing more harm than good depending on where you apply your soap and what type of soap you shower with?
Reported by the Today Show, Dr. Robynne Chutkan (Author of "The Microbiome Solution") said, "a certain amount of grime helps to keep our bodies full of friendly germs and microbes, and protects against the ones that might do us harm." The following are a few pieces of advice provided by Dr. Chutkan as well as a few insights for maintaining a healthy Dialysis Access site.
1.) WHERE TO WASH?: Try to adopt a habit of applying soap to your armpits and private areas while only rinsing your arms legs and torso with water, the report indicated. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggested that after just 2 days of having an AV Fistula, "You may then bathe or shower as usual. Pat the area over the fistula or graft gently with a towel – do not rub." Medline Plus noted, "Clean the area around the access with antibacterial soap or rubbing alcohol before your Dialysis treatments."
2.) WHAT TYPE OF SOAP?: While Medline Plus says to use "antibacterial soap," Dr. Chutkan prefers "organic, mild brands." The good doctor said, "a mild soap made from organic ingredients, rather than anti-bacterial soaps that are often full of harsh chemicals, is definitely the way to go." A quick Google Search reveals brand names such as Canus Soap, Pure Vegetable, with Fresh Goat's Milk ($3.19), One with Nature Dead Sea Mineral Soap, Lemon Sage ($3.84), and Nubian Heritage Soap, Coconut & Papaya with Vanilla Beans ($3.99).
3.) STILL WASH YOUR HANDS!: Since Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients often find themselves in medical facilities and hospitals, be sure to wash your hands. Use soap and warm water for at least twenty (20) seconds.
4.) SIGNS OF INFECTIONS: The entire purpose of KidneyBuzz.com sharing the findings of Dr. Chutkan is to give Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients an improved chance of limiting infection. However, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should still be on the lookout for redness, swelling, soreness, pain, warmth, pus around the site, and fever since these are signs of serious infections.
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