Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Nephritis

 

Overview

Nephritis is an inflammation of the kidney and is categorised into Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the glomeruli, when the term 'nephritis' is used without further qualification, this is often the condition meant), Interstitial nephritis (swelling of the area between the renal tubules), Lupus Nephritis (A auto-immune disease factor leading to the inflammation) and Pyelonephritis (swelling due to the spread of a urinary infection to the kidney).

 

Causes

Any disorder or condition which can cause kidney infection or inflammation leads to nephritis.  Kidney inflammation may be caused by uric acid in the kidneys. Certain conditions like gout which relates to painful joints or rheumatic disorders can cause kidney inflammation, while certain chemical poisoning and fevers like yellow fever and typhoid fever can lead to ordinary or chronic kidney inflammation. Some medications and certain kinds of metabolic disorders can cause nephritis. In some cases, this problem can be genetic and infections like hepatitis can lead to nephritis. Other probable causes are fluctuating blood pressure, diabetes, improper nutrition, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and a weak immune system.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms for nephritis are mainly a reduced urine output, blood in the urine, cloudy urine, burning urination and retention of water.   There could also be a distinct swelling of tissues around the face and eyes and in later stages, predominantly in the legs.  Increase in blood pressure, mild fever, lower back pain, abdomen pain, hypertension, headache, fatigue and drowsiness can also occur.  In some persons there could also be visual disturbances. 

 

Diagnosis

Doctors will perform a physical examination of the patient and note down the medical and family history. The doctor can also suggest to undergo specific tests based on the signs and the symptoms mentioned by the patient.

 

Treatment

The main aim of treatment is to reduce the inflammation and limit the damage to the kidneys and so the doctor may prescribe drugs to accomplish this. In severe conditions, the doctor may recommend dialysis for the patient. Depending on the degree of inflammation, necessary dietary changes can also be suggested by the doctor or a nutritionist.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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