Does Lupus Nephritis Cause Swelling in the Legs
Lupus Nephritis refers to a secondary disorder of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE). As the disease progresses, a range of symptoms will occur. Then will people suffer from swelling in the legs?
Frankly speaking, the answer is yes. After clinical research, nephrologists at our Huaxia Kidney Disease Hospital summarized the following two causes, one is heavy loss of protein and the other is water-sodium retention.
Heavy loss of protein In normal case, healthy kidneys can not only filter out waste products but also preserve useful substances including protein. However, in lupus, the filtering units(glomeruli) became inflamed and thickened, as a result, protein will leak into urine. When there is low plasma osmotic pressure, extra fluid will accumulate within the interstitial spaces, and that is how edema occurs in the legs.
Water-sodium retention Kidneys can help maintain the balance of water and electrolyte. In this disorder, due to decline of kidney function, extra fluid and sodium will accumulate in the blood, when the legs are involved, swelling can be seen.
Except for the legs, it can also occur around the eyelids, ankles. When it spread to the lung, patients may experience shortness of breath. So, it is necessary to take effective measures as early as possible.
Are there some effective measures?
Scientific diet Generally, the dietary principle show be low-salt diet and low-protein diet. However, as the illness condition varies, the specific amount should be different. For personalized advice, please click the Live Contact directly.
Medications Under ceratin circumstances, medications like diuretics are also helpful.
Restore kidney function To eliminate edema in the legs radically, the core of treatment should focus on restore kidney function.
Here, a newly created therapy named hot compress therapy is highly recommended. It is convenient and free of side effects, more importantly, it can help improve renal function remarkably.
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