What Are The Causes Of Swelling In FSGS2013-08-23 17:01
Swelling or edema of FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis ) is a common sign of FSGS patients. Swelling or edema usually occurs in various of body parts including eyelids, face, hands, abdomen and especially lower legs. Swelling affects their life quality largely. Therefore, they are eager to know what causes their swelling so as to take effective methods to control it.
There are two causes of swelling for patients with FSGS.
1. Water and sodium retention
As we all know, kidneys are able to excrete excessive water and sodium from your body to keep them in a balanced state. However, when you are diagnosed with FSGS, your kidneys fail to remove excessive water or fluid our of your body. In this condition, water retention will present in your body. Excessive water in your body will move to the tissue space which contributes to swelling in your body. Besides, if you intake much sodium which can absorb water, you will also have swelling. Sodium intake means that you absorb excessive water again. In this way, sodium intake will worsen your swelling and burden your kidneys.
2. Heavy loss of protein
In normal case, protein is in blood as a solute, which is used to maintain the balance inside and outside the blood vessels. However, due to FSGS, lots of protein leaks into urine. As a result, osmotic pressure in blood vessels is changed. In order to keep balance, fluid oozes into surrounding tissues which causes swelling or edema.
Water or sodium retention and heavy loss of protein both contribute to swelling of FSGS patients. Knowing what causes their swelling, they can take effective treatment to control swelling so as to delay the progression of FSGS into renal failure. In their daily diet, they can choose some foods which are low sodium and avoid some high sodium foods such as pickles, bacon and processed foods. And limiting water intake is also helpful.
Diet changes can not treat swelling radically and they should treat this symptoms from root. That is to say, they should repair their injured kidney inherent cells and improve kidney function. At present, immunotherapy is the most applicable treatment for FSGS. If you have interests in immunotherapy, you can learn more information about it in our website.
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