IgA Nephropathy results from an inflammation within kidney filters, glomeruli. With the progress of IgA Nephropathy, patients may experience dark frothy urine, or foamy urine, and flank pain. Since these problems can cause more severe complications, most of these patients are eager to find out effective treatment.
To detect the underlying causes should be the first step
With in glomeruli, there is an important structure called glomerular basement membrane. It is the main part of kidneys to determine the size of substances filtered by glomeruli. Normally, only small molecular substances, including urea, glucose, creatinine, electrolyte, etc, can be filtered out by glomeruli, while most protein and red blood cells are kept in the blood.
For people with IgA Nephropathy, a large amount of IgA with some other immune complexes deposits in the glomerular basement membrane. Once this structure is damaged, middle or even large molecular substances will appear in the urine.
Dark frothy urine usually indicates there is blood and protein in urine. Blood makes urine changes in color, while protein makes the urine foamy. As for flank pain, it often appears accompanied with hematuria, or blood urine. The reason is that urinary tract infections and kidney inflammation can cause both blood urine and flank pain.
Effective treatments for dark frothy urine and flank pain with IgA Nephropathy
Since impaired glomerular basement membrane is the root cause, the effective treatment should be able to stop protein and blood from leaking into urine. Here, we have two treatment options.
1. Steroids and immunosuppressants: Methylprednisolone (MPIV) and cyclophosphamide (CTX) are two common medications used for treating IgA Nephropathy. Through inhibiting the activity of immune complexes and the kidney inflammation, these medications can help ease dark frothy urine. However, it can lower patients’ immunity so that increases patient’s risk of infections.
2. Traditional Chinese Medicine: We prefer to call it as an approach rather than a simple treatment, because it consists of various therapies, including, medicated bath, acupuncture, foot bath, oral Chinese medicine and external application medicine, etc. Compared with steroids and immunosuppressants, TCM aims at dissolving immune complexes and repairing damaged glomerular basement membrane. The key of this treatment is to choose correct treatment plan.
Besides, a healthy diet, having enough rest and many other home remedies can also help treat dark frothy urine and flank pain for IgA Nephropathy patients. Leave a message below, so we can give you some personalized advices about treatment and diet.