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Treatment Options for Glomerulonephritis


Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-03-08 11:45

Glomerulonephritis is group of disease characterized by the inflammation of glomeruli.Glomeruli are tiny blood vessels in the kidneys and can filter blood. The disease can damage the kidney’s ability to remove waste and excess fluids from the body. In some serious cases of glomerulonephritis, the patients can develop Kidney Failure in few years. Thereby, aggressive treatments should be adopted early. What are the treatment options for glomerulonephritis?

Diet

Diet is an important part of treatment of glomerulonephritis. The patients are often advised to reduce fluid intake and refrain from consuming alcoholic drinks or those with a high salt or potassium content.The patients should visit a dietitian to ask them to make a personalized diet plan for them.

Hypertension

Hypertension is a risk factor in worsening renal function. Control of high blood pressure can halt or slow down kidney function decline. Diuretics, ACE inhibitors and ACE inhibitors are often prescribed to the patients, which can help to relax the blood vessels to lower blood pressure.

Medications for underlying causes

As glomerulonephritis is attributable to different causes, medications are often prescribed to control the underlying causes. For example, in IgA Nephropathy, fish oil supplements are often used.

Steroids and immunosuppressive agents

Steroids are effective in reducing proteinuria in glomerulonephritis. Immunosuppressive agents can suppress the abnormal response of immune system. These drugs can slow down the disease progression to some extent, but can not stop the progressive renal function decline.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy treats disease by initiating, enhancing or suppressing an immune response. In treating glomerulonephritis,immunotherapy can suppress the abnormal activity of immune system to prevent further damage to kidneys.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a natural treatment option for glomerulonephritis.The Chinese medicines not only can provide nutrients for repairing the impaired kidney tissues, but also can activate the self-healing system of the body to improve renal function.

The above are the major treatment options for glomerulonephritis. Based on the illness, different treatments are adopted.



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