What Is Glomerulonephritis?|
Glomerulonephritis is a kidney disease. The kidneys' filters become inflamed and scarred and slowly lose their ability to remove wastes and excess water from the blood to make urine. Kidney disease of diabetes, IgA nephropathy, and lupus nephritis are some types of glomerulonephritis.
What Are The Signs?
Symptoms and signs of this disease are fatigue; high blood pressure; swelling, especially noticeable in the face, hands, feet, and ankles; and blood and protein in the urine. Unfortunately, the kidneys can be severely damaged before symptoms and signs appear.
Kidney disease cannot be cured. Treatments focus on slowing the progression of the disease and preventing complications. Drugs called ACE inhibitors have a special protective effect on the kidneys in diabetic patients and lower high blood pressure, which damages the kidneys. Some patients may benefit from limiting protein in their diet to reduce the build-up of wastes in the blood. Sodium and potassium also may be limited. After about 10 years, the disease may progress to kidney failure, when the patient will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
What You Can Do
If you notice any changes in your urine or experience pain or discomfort in the kidney area during urination; or if you notice blood in your urine - see your doctor immediately.
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