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Chronic Nephritis: Cause, Symptoms, Treatment, Diet

Chronic nephritis refers to the inflammations that occur in the kidneys. It is a complex kidney disease. Read on and you will find its cause, symptoms, treatment and diet management.

Cause

There are many causes can contribute to chronic nephritis. The common causes for chronic nephritis, include:

- acute nephritis. If acute nephritis cannot be controlled immediately, it may develop into chronic kidney damage.

- infection. Especially in children, infection with the streptococcus bacteria may lead to an immune reaction that damages the filtering units of the kidney known as the glomeruli, causing chronic nephritis.

- Henoch-Schonlein Purpura and haemolytic-uraemic syndrome. Both of the two immune-related disease are the common cause for chronic Nephritis.

Symptoms

As the nephritis develops, some symptoms may appear to show. And if you happen to be a person with chronic nephritis, you may experience one or more of the following nephritis, such as:

High blood pressure, drowsiness, swelling, itchy skin, nausea, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, Back Pain, Flank Pain, headache, Blood in Urine, Low Urine output etc.

Treatment

Treatment for chronic nephritis depends on the type and cause of the condition. It aims at reducing inflammation, relieving the symptoms and repairing the damaged kidney tissues, as well as improving kidney function. Based on the aim, here are several treatment options are suggested.

Chinese Herbal Medicine. It uses specific herbs which help repair the damaged kidney tissues and improve kidney function. In addition, patients usually get the additional effects for the symptoms, because Chinese herbal medicine offers holistic effects.

Immunotherapy. It is a biological therapy which helps use the immune system to control the inflammation on kidneys. This helps delay the progression of Nephritis.

Steroid Therapy. Steroid therapy usually cause various side effects, but it helps control the symptoms with a high speed. Thereby, this therapy is suggested to be used with other treatments together.

Diet Management

Eating habits and diet management show a very important role which patients can not ignore. Patients with chronic nephritis are suggested to take a low-phosphorus, low-protein diet.

Patients should ensure adequate carbohydrates, in patients with chronic nephritis due to limit protein intake, heat is supplied primarily by carbohydrates, dietary carbohydrate should increase to meet the needs of the body heat.

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