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IgA Nephropathy and Upper Respiratory Infections

IgA Nephropathy and Upper Respiratory InfectionsIgA Nephropathy is an auto immune disease, but in most cases IgA Nephropathy is caused by infection, especially upper respiratory infections. Do you know why? Now let’s see together in the following article.

Why upper respiratory infections cause IgA Nephropathy?

IgA is an antibody, which helps fight against bacteria or virus invading into your body. When you have upper respiratory infections, antibody combines with antigen to make immune complexes so as to kill those invaders. But with blood circulation, those immune complexes will come to kidney and deposit, which can trigger inflammation. Over time, it will impair your kidneys.

Upper respiratory infections may cause many symptoms for IgA Nephropathy patients

You should pay attention to the following symptoms when you have upper respiratory infections. Because they may indicate that your kidneys are damaged.


When you get up in the morning, you may find that there is edema in your eyelid or face. If the swelling does not disappear several days and your urine output becomes less also, it may indicate that you get Nephrotic Syndrome.

-Urine color change

You should have a close observation of your urine color. If it suddenly becomes red or has tea color, it may mean you have blood urine. Blood urine is a typical symptom of IgA Nephropathy.

How to treat upper respiratory infection and IgA Nephropathy?

When you find that you have upper respiratory infection, you should talk with your doctor. Do not use anti-bacteria drugs optionally, because some of them have renal toxins.

Even if you are diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, do not worry. Early treatment can help you keep kidney failure away. Immunotherapy can help you regulate the abnormal immune reaction, cleanse immune complexes and protect your kidneys from being damaged. It can also increase the kidney’s tolerance to the immune complexes so that even if there are immune complexes, they won’t cause inflammation and kidney damage.

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