Question: My son is 3 years old diagnosed with MCD Nephrotic Syndrome. He is showing signs of steroid dependent, so we are looking into a second line treatment. Nephrologists suggest cyclophosphamide and cellcept. Are they effective?
Answer: MCD is one leading cause of Nephrotic Syndrome. For patients with MCD or Nephrotic Syndrome, obvious swelling and serious proteinuria are two typical symptoms. To manage them and prevent patients’ illness condition from worsening, doctors usually recommend steroids. In most cases, patients respond quickly to this therapy. However, with the increase of patients’ age, the effects of steroids decline and patients are more likely to have recurrence.
Once patients become dependent to steroids, a series of immunosuppressants including cytoxan and cellcept are used commonly. Through inhibiting patients’ immune reaction and lowering their immunity, these medications can help manage patients’ illness condition. For this reason, these medications may cause a series of side effects, including, the decline of white blood cells, hair loss, the risk of tumor, infections, cold and flu, etc. Therefore, we would like to introduce some natural remedies that can help treat MCD.
1. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Compared with western medicines, TCM has an obvious superiority on treating chronic kidney disease and regulating patients’ immune system. Some Chinese medicines can help protect kidneys and repair damaged kidney cells.
2. Medicated Bath: As a natural remedy, medicated bath is effective on expanding blood vessels, regulating blood circulation and boosting patients’ immunity. It can reduce the side effects of these medications.
Not all MCD patients can use the above remedies. To learn more about these remedies, you can consult the online doctor directly.