The deposits of immune complexes in glomeruli, kidney filters, are basic pathologies of Lupus Nephritis. When this filtration barrier is damaged, patients are more likely to experience swollen ankles and feet. If you also have this problem, follow me to find out how to manage it.
Firstly, making clear how Lupus Nephritis affects the kidney function.
Lupus Nephritis is due to SLE. When SLE attacks kidneys, a lot of immune complexes, combinations of antibodies and antigens, will settle in glomeruli, resulting in the expansion and proliferation of kidney inherent cells, including glomerular mesangial cells, glomerular epithelial cells and glomerular endothelial cells.
It indicates kidney filtration barrier is damaged when the above inherent cells become abnormal. As a result, kidneys can’t do their work properly.
Secondly, learn about the cause of swollen ankles and feet.
If kidney filters are damaged severely, extra fluid and sodium will retain tissue spaces. Besides, impaired kidneys lead protein to leak into urine and form proteinuria. Heavy proteinuria can cause the decline of plasma colloid osmotic pressure. Besides fluid and sodium retention, it is another reason for swelling in Lupus Nephritis.
Finally, try to find out how to treat swelling for Lupus Nephritis patients.
According to the causes, the treatment should include four aspects:
- Restrict fluid and sodium intake: This can help not only control swollen ankles and feet but also reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Canned foods, processed foods, salty condiments, bacon, cheese, etc, all contain rich sodium, so you had better avoid them.
- Take in high-quality protein: Generally, kidney disease patients are recommended to develop a low-protein diet. However, if you have heavy protein, you can take relatively more high-quality protein. On the one hand, it can reduce the burden on kidneys. On the other hand, it is good to increase plasma colloid osmotic pressure. To get a list of high-quality food, you can email to email@example.com.
- Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy: It, based on TCM, is proven to be effective on removing immune complexes from kidneys and repairing damaged glomeruli. As long as glomeruli can do its work again, swelling in ankles and feet will disappear spontaneously. Learn more about it, leaving a message below to kidney expert here is OK.