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What to Do if My Edema Is Not Gone with Nephrotic Syndrome

Question: I have Nephrotic Syndrome for almost 3 months now. My edema is not yet gone, what to do?

What to Do if My Edema Is Not Gone with Nephrotic SyndromeAnswer: Nephrotic Syndrome is a kidney disorder in which your kidneys become leaky so that massive protein leaks into urine. Besides proteinuria, edema is also a typical symptom of Nephrotic Syndrome. But sometimes edema is difficult to eliminate.

First, we should know how Nephrotic Syndrome cause edema.

Generally speaking, there are two reasons that cause edema. One is that when massive protein leaks into urine, plasma colloid osmotic pressure declines and then fluid in blood vessels flows into the tissue space, leading to edema. Anther reason is water and sodium retention.

Treatment for refractory edema for Nephrotic Syndrome patients

-To use diuretics (or water pills) is the direct way to flush out the excess fluid from the blood. But if you do not take treatment to stop protein leakage, edema is difficult to eliminate.

-Steroids and other immunosuppressants can also help you block kidney inflammation and decrease the permeability to reduce protein leakage. When proteinuria disappears, edema will gradually diminish.

-Use therapies to help you repair the damaged kidneys and promote kidney function

The reason why your kidneys become leaky is that there is kidney inflammation. Kidney inflammation usually results from immune complexes depositing in the kidneys. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you decompose the immune complexes to eliminate kidney inflammation and degrade extracellular matrix to stop kidney fibrosis. It can also expand blood vessels to increase blood flow into kidneys to improve ischemia and anoxia. Besides, it can speed up blood circulation to remove stasis. All in all, TCM therapies can help you set up a good blood environment for the damaged kidneys to repair themselves. With the improvement of kidney function, edema will disappear.

Besides, the above medical treatment, you should follow a low sodium diet. If you have severe edema, fluid intake should be limited as well. If you would like to know more information about Nephrotic Syndrome, please feel free to contact online doctor or leave a message below.

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