Lupus Nephritis Symptoms

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How to Relieve Facial Swelling Due to Lupus

2014-06-23 23:38

How to Relieve Facial Swelling Due to LupusLupus, whose full name is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), is an auto-immune disorder. It can damage many other systems or organs, causing many symptoms. If someone has swelling, it possibly indicates his or her kidneys are damaged. How to relieve facial swelling due to lupus? Swelling always appear in the legs, feet, ankles, face and even the whole body. I will list some methods to relieve or stop swelling.

How does lupus cause facial swelling?

If patients with lupus have swelling, there may be two reasons:

1. Kidney damage

As I mentioned above, lupus can affect other organs, which include kidneys. Lupus Nephritis is the result of lupus. This kind of kidney disease may be caused by heredity, steroids or infections. Lupus patients with kidney damage have some symptoms like proteinuria and hematuria. Excessive immune complexes deposit in the glomeruli, leading to decreased glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which means the kidney cannot remove fluids adequately. As a result, water-sodium retention occurs, and then swelling is present.

2. Side effects of steroids

Medicines eaten by lupus have side effects, which can be the cause of swelling. If patients take large dosage of steroid for a long time, they are prone to have swelling.

How to relieve facial swelling due to lupus?

1. Improve kidney function

It aims at those who have kidney damage due to lupus. Since the kidney is the filter of excessive fluids, improving kidney function can relieve swelling by increasing GFR. If the kidney damage is not severe, I would like to recommend some traditional Chinese herbs, such as poria, corn silks, wax gourd peel, semen plantaginis, etc. These herbs all come from the nature, so they cause few side effects, compared with steroids.

2. Change the dosage of steroids

If the swollen face is caused by steroids, patients can adust the dosage to relieve facial swelling. That is to say, they can reduce or stop the use of steroids, but they must talk with their doctors. At this time, diuretic are often used.

Relieving facial swelling may take you a long time, so you should be patient. Any questions, we are glad to answer you.

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