One of the most common problems associated with renal disease is swelling, which is when fluid collects in the body and causes swelling. Edema can create discomfort. It can also be an early symptom of renal disease. Therefore, it is important to understand how it relates to kidney function and how it is treated.
What is swelling?
Swelling is caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it's most commonly noticed in your hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs. Swelling can be the result of medication, pregnancy or an underlying disease-often heart failure, kidney disease or cirrhosis of the liver.
How can kidney disease cause swelling?
Swelling is caused by small blood vessels in the body leaking fluid. The kidney's response to this occurrence is to retain water and sodium. When this happens the small blood vessels get a message from the brain that there is excess fluid in the body, which causes the blood vessels to release even more. The cycle begins and soon the fluid becomes trapped in the body tissue, which causes swelling.
When the edema is caused by protein levels in the urine, it is called nephrotic syndrome. This syndrome creates a reduction in albumin (urine proteins). The kidneys receive a message that the body's blood supply is lacking volume, which triggers an attempt to retain salt to build more volume. The result is excess fluid being stored in tissue which causes swelling.
How to relieve swelling?
-Patients are often told to reduce their dietary salt intake. The physician will also prescribe medications (diuretics) that will help the body eliminate the excess fluid that is being retained in the body.
-Another method for reducing edema is to elevate the affected limbs above the heart several times a day for 30 minutes each time.
-Dialysis can help relieve swelling to a large extent. But the fact is that no one wants to experience dialysis treatment. Dialysis is unable to treat any kinds of kidney diseases from the root.
-It is easy for us to understand that swelling will be naturally relieved if the renal function can be recovered. Nowadays, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is commonly used to repair kidney damage and recover kidney function. If you are not satisfied with the current treatment for your swelling, you can leave a message or directly talk to Live Doctor freely to get more treatment options.
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