Facial swelling occurs when water retains in face area especially around eyelids. This symptom usually has a closed link with kidney damage. Lupus is also known as SLE that may attack kidneys easily. Facial swelling is one sign of kidneys involved in Lupus.
Normally, healthy kidneys are in charge of eliminating extra fluid from the body via urine. Uncontrolled Lupus can cause damage to kidney filters that presents glomerulonephritis or Nephrotic Syndrome. Swelling in legs, ankles, feet or face always occurs along with the onset of Lupus kidney disease, called Lupus Nephritis. Besides, a large amount of protein leakage may also be the reason of swelling for Lupus patients.
Based on the causes, we give out the following managements to ease patients’ facial swelling.
1. Control fluid and sodium intake
When kidneys are unable to work normally, extra fluid intake will burden kidneys a lot. In this case, Lupus patients are required to manage the intake of fluid. Additionally, sodium will worsen fluid retention, so limiting sodium intake is also very necessary.
2. Consume high-quality protein
If patients have obvious proteinuria, patients should develop a low-protein diet but taken in high-quality protein. For Lupus patients, egg white, lean meat and milk are good source of protein supplement.
3. Take correct medications
Diuretics, ACEi, ARBs, steroids and many other medications can help ease Lupus patients’ facial swelling. However, it doesn’t mean patients can eat these medications freely. Never take any medication without doctor’s guidance.
4. Do Medicated Bath
Medicated Bath can open all the pores in the skin, in order to prompt sweating. Therefore, this therapy can make extra fluid discharged out of the body via skin, so as to reduce the burden on kidneys.
The above methods are unable to help alleviate facial swelling for Lupus patients. However, if the patient is diagnosed with kidney disease, some treatments that can reverse kidney damage should also be sought. To learn more about these treatments, you can contact us by leaving the question below.