Nephrotic Syndrome is characterized by the increased permeability of glomerular basement membrane. This abnormality of kidney structure can cause typical proteinuria and obvious swelling. As for swelling, legs, feet and ankles are involved easily. How to manage them?
Generally speaking, swelling for Nephrotic Syndrome results from two reasons: a large amount of protein leaking in urine and fluid retention in these regions. From this point, our medical treatments and diet modifications should depend on these two causes. Here, we give out the following suggestions.
1. Drink correct amount of water
When glomerular basement membrane is damaged, it can balance fluid successfully. In this case, patients should restrict the fluid intake, while the amount of water to drink should be based on patients’ illness condition. (To know the exact amount, you can consult the online doctor.)
2. Reduce the sodium intake
Extra sodium intake can make patients have a desire to drink more water and worsen the fluid retention to large extent. Also, sodium can cause or aggravate kidney disease patients’ high blood pressure.
3. Eat more foods which have alleviating-edema propertied
Some foods can help increase the urine output, so as to remove more fluid from the body. Cranberry, lemon, celery, banana, orange, etc, all have the properties of easing swelling in legs, feet and ankles. However, if patients’ potassium level in blood is higher, they may need to control their intake of these foods.
4. Take some diuretics
Diuretics are effective on treating swelling. Besides medications, some herbal teas also have such an effect such as dandelion root, salvia and nettle leaf. Ask the doctor to determine which one is suitable for you.
5. Repair damaged glomerular basement membrane
The above remedies indeed can help control swelling for Nephrotic Syndrome patients effectively and quickly, but patients may suffer from the relapse of swelling again and again. This is due to impaired glomerular basement membrane. In this condition, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy may be needed to prompt the restoration of glomeruli and their filtration function.
To ease swelling in legs, feet and ankles, home remedies are as important as medical treatments. If you have a similar problem, remember not to ignore any aspect.