Deadly Blisters Common Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, Especially On Dialysis, and Diabetics

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"I'm getting blisters on my hands since my Kidney Transplant failed last year. From what I've found out it's called Bollous, and it is very painful. Any ideas on how to correct it?"

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Bollous is a syndrome of blistering and is not uncommon among those with Chronic Kidney Disease. Typically, however, the condition develops only after several months or years of dialysis therapy. Still blistering is not unique to Chronic Kidney Disease patients, about a third of people with Diabetes will develop skin problems at some point. In fact blistering on the hands, legs or feet can itself be a symptom of Diabetes. 

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Lesions (abnormality in the tissue) such as Bullous Disease or Diabetic Blisters may be cosmetically distressing, develop into permanent scares, and interfere with the use of your hands. Beyond being very painful lesions could also be life threatening because they frequently become infected. In fact, after Cardiovascular (related to heart) complications, infections are the most common cause of death in those with Chronic Kidney Disease. Similarly due to poor wound healing by those with Diabetes, every 30 seconds somewhere in the world a Diabetic loses a limb. 

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Clearly Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease and wounds such as blisters are a dangerous combination, wouldn't you agree? Thus, what should Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients do to avoid these issues? WebMD advises Chronic Kidney Disease patients that sunlight tends to aggravate their blistering. Hence, if you are suffering from blisters as a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, consider reducing your sunlight exposure as well as request for your Nephrologists to prescribe a good topical sunscreen. In addition, wear gloves during activities likely to traumatize your hands such as working in the garden or fixing your bicycle. 

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In general, if a blister opens, wash the site of the wound gently with soap and water and dry it thoroughly, according to Everyday Health. Then put a small amount of antibiotic ointment on a dressing and cover the wound (confirm with your Primary Physician). Next place a call to someone on your Healthcare Team. You'll probably get a short exam and possibly an antibiotic to prevent infection. If possible, you should stop doing the activity that caused your blisters in the first place. This kind of careful attention can help you to prevent future problems.

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