Swelling is an all too familiar symptom in patients with kidney diseases. Nephrotic Syndrome is no exception. What are the causes of swollen eyelids with Nephrotic Syndrome?
Two types of swelling in kidney disease
Slight swelling normally occurs on eyelids or face, and when it spread to the whole body or even the liver and abdomen, it is severe. There are two types of swelling, according to the root causes.
Type one: GFR (glomerular filtration rate) declining is the cause. When glomeruli cannot reabsorb water and sodium adequately, water-sodium retention will occur. The, swelling of the body is present.
Type two: Leakage of large quantity of protein in the urine is the cause. Due to loss of proteins, the plasma osmotic pressure drops, leading to fluid enter into the space of the tissues. Then, swelling appears.
Hypoproteinemia (low protein level in the blood) is one of the main symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome. Therefore, it is not rare to see swollen eyelids.
How to relieve swollen eyelids in Nephrotic Syndrome?
- Increase high-quality protein intake. Since hypoproteinemia is the main factor that leads to swollen eyelids, increase protein intake can relieve it. However, the kidneys have been damaged and cannot discharge excessive wastes and toxins, too much protein intake will increase the kidneys’ burden. High-quality protein cannot only meet the body’s needs of calories and nutrition, but also can reduce the burden on kidneys. Foods like egg white, lean meat, chicken, fish and milk are good choices.
- Take good rest. Lying on the bed and elevate the swollen part (above heart level) can help you relieve the swelling.
- Control intake of sodium and water. Patients with slight swelling like swollen eyelids and normal urine output (≧1000ml/d) do not need to limit water but sodium intake must be under 3g/d.
- Keep a good mood. No matter what kind of disease you are faced with, you should develop an optimistic attitude towards it and have the confidence that you can defeat it. With the help of our effective Chinese medicines and innovative therapies, you will have a good outcome.
One more thing you should know is that you should take medicines like diuretics under your doctor’s guidance. Malpractice of medication will aggravate your illness condition. Any questions, you are welcomed to consult our doctor online or email to us.