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IgA Nephropathy: What Causes Hair Loss and High Blood Pressure

IgA Nephropathy: What Causes Hair Loss and High Blood PressureIgA Nephropathy, also known as Berger's disease, is an immune disorder which causes IgA immune complexes depositing in the glomeruli. Some people with this disease may experience problems like hair loss and high blood pressure. What are the causes? Chat with our online doctor for personalized advice!

Causes of hair loss in IgA Nephropathy

There are a couple of reasons why hair loss in those with IgA kidney disease: malnutrition and side effects of certain medicines.

- Malnutrition. 1) Hair are made up of protein. For some patients who are suffering from loss of appetite, they may get inadequate of dietary protein in the diet. 2) Deficiency of vitamins due to dietary limitations and/or losses of vitamins during Dialysis. 3) Zinc deficiency is related to loss of hair. A low zinc diet may not meet a person's daily needs. 4) Other nutrients related to this problem include deficiencies in calcium, iron, and B vitamins.

- Side effects of certain medicines. You can ask your kidney doctor to have tests done to confirm if medicines you have been prescribed are associated with your symptom.

Causes of high blood pressure in IgA Nephropathy

Elevated blood pressure is very common in Berger's disease, present in 25% of patients when first diagnosed and developing over time in a further 25%. The kidneys have function to regulate blood pressure level via release of a hormone called renin. When the kidneys sense that the glomeruli are not getting good, adequate blood flow, they cause release of more renin, and blood pressure is eventually raised all over the body.

After finding out the exact cause of hair loss and high blood pressure in IgA Nephropathy, treatments can be adopted to relieve these symptoms. If you would like to get more advice, please Email us at kidneyservice@hotmail.com or leave a message in the below.

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