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What Are The Treatments for IgA Nephropathy

2013-08-22 16:28

What Are The Treatments for IgA NephropathyIgA Nephropathy, or called Berger disease, occurs when immunoglobulin A (IgA) builds up in the small blood vessels of the kidney. Then, tiny kidney filters, also known as glomeruli, are inflamed and damaged. Also, the deposits of IgA may cause the leakage of red blood cells and protein into the urine. Well, what are the treatments for IgA Nephropathy?

At present, there is no complete cure for IgA Nephropathy, so the purpose of the treatment is to to slow the progress of IgA Nephropathy and ease patients’ symptoms such as high blood pressure, proteinuria and hematuria. Here, we giving several treatment options.

1. Medications

Conventional therapy is to use various medications to control different symptoms and complications. Different drugs are prescribed according to patients’ specific condition, for example:

Anti-hypertensive medicines: Well control of high blood pressure is important to slow the progress of patients’ illness condition. Among these anti-hypertensive medicines, ACEI and ARBs are commonly taken. This is because they can not only lower high blood pressure but also alleviate proteinuria.

Immunosuppressants: This kind of medicines can suppress the immune response to inhibit the activities of IgA deposition, so as to help protect kidney function. However, these medicines may cause some side effects and IgA Nephropathy relapses easily.

Omega-3 fatty acids: It may reduce inflammation in the glomeruli without any side effects. Consult the doctor how much you can eat one daily safely.

2. Immunotherapy

It, as the combination of blood purification technic and herbal medicines, is a relatively new treatment for IgA Nephropathy. Compared with conventional therapy, Immunotherapy can not only ease patients’ symptoms but also remove IgA deposition from the body as well as kidney. Finally, IgA Nephropathy can be controlled very well. Also, it can prevent the relapse of IgA Nephropathy.

The above are some treatment options for IgA Nephropathy patients, and each of them are suitable for different patients. If you are also suffering from this disease, always make sure you are taking correct treatment.

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