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Shortness of Breath and Nephrotic Syndrome: What Is the Matter

Shortness of Breath and Nephrotic Syndrome: What Is the MatterSome Nephrotic Syndrome patients complain about shortness of breath. What is the matter? Though shortness of breath seems to be a slight symptom, it may be associated with kidney function impairment. To have a general knowledge of shortness of breath and Nephrotic Syndrome helps you have a better prognosis.

What causes shortness of breath for Nephrotic Syndrome patients?


Anemia occurs when the damaged kidneys can not secrete erythropoietin properly. With the development of Nephrotic Syndrome, anemia will become worse. With anemia, there are not enough red blood cells to transport oxygen. As a result, you have shortness of breath.

-Severe edema

Almost all Nephrotic Syndrome patients have edema due to protein leakage. If the fluid retains in the numerous air sacs in the lungs, it makes you difficult to breathe.

-High blood pressure

High blood pressure is also common among Nephrotic Syndrome patients. It can thicken heart muscle, leading to less space for oxygen-rich blood flow. And then you have shortness of breath.

-Side effects of medicine

Immunosuppressants are often used by Nephrotic Syndrome patients to treat proteinuria. But this kind of medicine has many side effects. They may cause shortness of breath as well.

How to relieve shortness of breath for Nephrotic Syndrome patients?

According to the different causes of shortness of breath, you should take different measures.

-To Take erythropoietin and iron supplements to control anemia

-To reduce protein leakage and to use diuretics to flush out the excess fluid.

-To lower blood pressure by antihypertensives such as ACEI and ARBs.

-To choose some Natural Therapies for Nephrotic Syndrome.

-To do some aerobic exercises like jogging, bicycling and swimming to ensure your body gets enough oxygen.

Though shortness of breath is not a serious symptoms, importance should be attached, because the underlying causes may be life-threatening. For more information, please leave a message below or send emails to igacure@gmail.com.

Hope the above information is helpful for you. If you have any other questions on kidney disease or want to get more personalized and professional treatment suggestions, please leave a message below.







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