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How to Treat Edema in Nephrotic Syndrome

2013-07-04 09:50

How to Treat Edema in Nephrotic SyndromeHow to treat edema in Nephrotic Syndrome? Nephrotic Syndrome is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and in this kidney disorder, edema is the most visible symptom. Edema is also commonly called swelling or fluid retention and effective management of it helps to slow down illness condition and increase patients’ life expectancy. Well, how to treat edema in Nephrotic Syndrome?

In Nephrotic Syndrome, to get edema treated effectively, the following measures are necessary:

1. Limit fluid intake, so as to avoid worsening illness condition

For an individual with edema, he needs to reduce fluid intake, as drinking too much water will increase kidney burden and worsen illness condition. Generally, patients can drink 500 milliliter more fluid than the volume of their urine output. Besides, for kidney failure patients, if they have started dialysis, they may need to follow different principles about fluid intake. (We offer online service, and you can consult our consultant online for the detailed fluid intake for dialysis patients)

2. Control proteinuria actively

For Nephrotic Syndrome patients, they experience edema symptom due to severe protein leakage. And usually, the more protein in urine, the more severe the edema. Therefore, controlling proteinuria is also an important part in treating edema associated with Nephrotic Syndrome.

3. Diuretic

If left uncontrolled, fluid retention may spread to lung, causing pulmonary edema which can cause shortness of breath. Diuretic can be used to help our body discharge excess fluid, but the one thing that should be kept in mind and that is what kind of diuretic can be used should depend on patients’ potassium level. In clinic, there are different kinds of diuretics. Some of them can help to discharge excess potassium and some of them can protect potassium from being discharged out of the body.

4. Improve kidney function

Kidney is a bean-shaped organ with filtration function. While filtering blood, excess fluid will be discharged and nutrition are kept in the body. For Nephrotic Syndrome patients, kidneys are damaged and can not function properly, which lead to large amounts of protein leak from urine and excess fluid stay in the body. Therefore, improving kidney function is the key point for Nephrotic Syndrome patients to get edema treated effectively.

The above are the several measures for Nephrotic Syndrome patients to treat edema.If there is anything unclear or you have further questions, please feel free to consult our consultant online or leave message to directly.

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