Has anyone experienced itching near their fistula?-There is no rash just itches sometimes. They think it may be the tape(silk)? If it is what else is out there to use? Paper tape is no good for nhd it just doesn't stick well enough. Someone else said it may be the nerves regenerating from the surgery. anyone else have itching without rash?
yes i also have itching around the fistula with no rash i think its the tape
I am having the same problem and am also looking for a solution. I agree it's the tape. I don't like silk as it sticks too hard and is rough coming off. I use paper tape. It just becomes iirritating when using tape 6 txs a week. I cleanse the site asap after tx and apply A&D Ointment, but still get irritated from the tape. I hope someone has found a good solution. Must be something that can help.
Beth Witten MSW ACSW LSCSW
Medical Education Institute, Inc.
This sure sounds like a great idea...but when you have to remove the needles...what do you do?....I do my canulation alone and the take off alone. Ideas?
They really do come off pretty easy. We use them every night and we also use a butterfly strip to cris cross on top to hold the needles. But at the end I just very lightly lift the needle and the little tape comes off the arm. They are great!! I also use them as a guide to putting needles in. There is a small little area that does not hold down the needle and I point that in the direction of the needle. So I really use them for two purposes.
Caregiver/Advocate to husband Ralph
Incenter dialysis 5/03
Nocturnal home 6/04
60L,FF35 BPS 340 to 350
6 nights for 8hrs, Sat night off
Member Patient Advisory Nxstage Medical Board
I am glad to know that I am not alone in this. I don't think that little thing will work though.
Hubby's fistula itches also. He can't use "silk" tape at all. His arm where the tape is sometimes turns red. Doc prescribed cortisone cream. The same stuff I use for excema. It has helpe. He also gets an itching sensation as soon as the needle goes in his arm but it doesn't last very long. Anyone else get that?
I'm not on dialysis, but calendula ointment (made from marigold flowers) is very soothing to skin & might help with the tape itch problem. I know they have it at Whole Foods stores, but any natural foods store & possibly Walgreen's (??) and other drugstores may carry it.
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