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What Causes Edema in Legs for Stage 3 Kidney Disease

What Causes Edema in Legs for Stage 3 Kidney DiseaseEdema or swelling in legs is one common symptom of Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Although this symptom in most cases isn’t painful, patients still need to pay attention to this symptom. Thereby, it is necessary to find out the underlying cause of edema, and then, patients can get correct treatment option.

Generally, edema is associated with fluid and sodium retention. At stage 3, more than 50% of kidney function is lost. The main kidney function is to eliminate extra fluid, so excessive fluid will retain in the body when kidneys are damaged. As extra fluid accumulates in the legs, edema appears in legs easily.

If stage 3 kidney disease is caused by glomerulonephritis, it may be accompanied by protein leakage. Since glomeruli are damaged, they are unable to keep useful substances including protein in the body successfully. As excessive amount of protein leaks into the urine, plasma protein osmotic pressure will decline. This causes extra fluid to retain in the lower limbs.

As the above mentioned, fluid retention and protein leakage are two leading causes of edema in legs for patients with Stage 3 CKD. If uncontrolled effectively, extra fluid may even collect in lungs, causing shortness of breath, difficult breathing, or even life-threatening complications. From this point, patients should take therapies to control their problems actively.

First of all, patients should limit their fluid and sodium intake to ease this problem. If necessary, they are advised to eat diuretic, ACEI, ARBs or other medications to alleviate their swelling. If it is caused by protein leakage, patients should also notice the supplement of high-quality protein, but the total amount should be limited. To get better therapeutic effects, some Chinese Herbal Medicine that can repair impaired kidney cells and prevent the progression of kidney disease should also be prescribed.

To determine what medicines are helpful to manage your edema in legs, you can ask help from online doctor.

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