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How to Treat Steroid-Dependent Nephrotic Syndrome

How to Treat Steroid-Dependent Nephrotic Syndrome“My doctor put me on prednisolone 50 mg/day for 2 weeks and then he began to be tapering the dose (10 mg every week). But facial and pedal swelling began to appear and there was 5 gm/day protein in urine. He put me again on 50 mg dose for 6 weeks and urine became free of protein then he put me on alternate days. But urine protein again increases to 6 gm/day. So he again put me on 50 mg/day prednisone to control the urine protein. Due to long-term steroid therapy, I have develop myopathy and some other complications.” Do you have the similar medical condition with this patient? From what he said, we can see that he may have steroid-dependent Nephrotic Syndrome. How to treat such kind of Nephrotic Syndrome?

Now let’s learn something about steroids.

A character of steroid dependent Nephrotic Syndrome is that once you stop the steroid intake or reduce the dosage, the symptoms will come back again. Steroids can inhibit the lymphatic system so as to restrain immune reaction and reduce inflammatory reaction. They can also decrease the permeability of glomerular basement membrane so as to eliminate proteinuria. Besides, steroids can suppress the secretion of aldosterone and antidiuretic hormone so as to help you remove the excess water and ease edema.

Though it seems that steroids can help you achieve a good curative effect to control the symptoms, they do not repair the damaged kidneys. Once you reduce the dosage of steroid, the inflammatory reaction will be activated again, and then you have the symptoms again.

Repair the damaged kidneys and rid of steroid

The fundamental solution is to repair the damaged kidneys. Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies can help you achieve the goal. In our hospital, steam therapy, medicated bath, foot bath, moxibustion, circle therapy, hot compress therapy and enema therapy are often used. They can draw out toxins from body to reduce the damage of waste to kidneys. They can also dilate blood vessels and increase the blood flow into the kidneys, which can reduce the deposition of immune complexes in the kidneys. Besides, they can expel immune complexes, the inflammatory factors from body to eliminate inflammation. Moreover, they supplement the nutrients for kidney self-healing.

When your kidneys repair themselves and recover their function, you can get rid of steroids and live a normal life.

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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