Nephrotic syndrome is a group of symptoms caused by a number of conditions which affect kidneys and can lead towards intense, long term loss of protein over urination. This also makes salt and water to accumulate in body, increasing the level of fat in blood as well. This syndrome can occur in any period of life. Children experience it within 18 months and 4 years of age most commonly, and it’s known to be more common with boys rather than girls. With older people this distribution is much more even. Today we’ll be discussing this syndrome and most importantly, about how you can work towards improving your life quality if you’re suffering from it.
What causes this syndrome?
It can be caused by any one of glomerulopathy related conditions, as well as some other unrelated illnesses. Medications which are harmful to kidneys can also cause this syndrome, as well as intravenous heroin intake. It can be linked with certain oversensitivity, and some forms of it are hereditary in terms of genetics. There is a specific kind of this syndrome which is closely related to HIV and it’s most common with black race. This one can advance towards complete kidney failure within three or four months. Less common causes of this condition are edemas, hyperlipidemia and some other illnesses.
Early symptoms of this condition include loss of appetite, general body weakness, swollen eye lids, stomach pain, loss of muscle mass, swelling of tissue due to absorption of salt and water as well as thick urine. Stomach may become swollen due to the large amounts of fluid being accumulated, while lack of air may become obvious due to accumulation of fluid around lungs. Other symptoms may include swelling of the knees and scrotum. Children can experience lower blood pressure while getting up and generally a low blood pressure. Adults may have low, normal or increased blood pressure. Due to an increased amount of nutrients being expelled through urine, malnutrition may show its signs too.
Treatment is usually focused towards adjusting the patient’s diet. This includes a diet with normal amounts of protein and potassium, but with decreased amount of fats and sodium. Too many protein in one’s diet may significantly increase protein count in urine. If stomach show signs of swelling, eating less food but more frequent can help in reducing the symptom. High blood pressure is usually treated with diuretics, which can also help to reduce the amount of fluid being held up as well as tissue swelling, but it can increase the risk of blood clogs. Corticosteroids are a highly recommended supplement for patients dealing with this condition but you shouldn’t use this at your own will. It’s necessary to contact your doctor and get all the right nutrients, supplements and ingredients which will help you get through this condition while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and functionality of your body throughout the day.