Understand how glomerular disease can affect how your kidneys function.
Your kidneys are small but mighty organs. They are responsible for filtering out toxins, excess fluid, and waste from the body, among a variety of other important tasks that keep the body functioning at its best. Of course, most people don’t even think about their kidneys until problems start to arise. For example, the glomerular disease is a condition that stops the kidneys from filtering out toxins from the blood. If you suspect that you might have the glomerular disease it’s important that you turn to our El Paso, TX, nephrologists for care.
What are the signs of glomerular disease?
You may be dealing with glomerular disease if you notice blood in the urine (urine may appear pink or brown due to the presence of blood), protein in the urine (this can cause urine to look foamy), or persistent swelling in certain parts of the body such as the ankles or hands.
Dealing with any of these symptoms? It’s important to speak with a qualified kidney doctor to find out what’s going on, as the untreated glomerular disease can lead to kidney failure.
What causes glomerular disease?
The glomerular disease may result from an infection or systemic diseases such as lupus or diabetes. Therefore, it’s important that if you’ve been diagnosed with any chronic health problems that you turn to our El Paso, TX, nephrologists for regular checkups to make sure that your kidneys are functioning at their best.
In some cases, certain medications can lead to glomerular disease so it’s important that you talk to your doctor about any new medications you are taking, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of glomerular disease.
How is the glomerular disease treated?
First, it’s important to figure out what’s causing this disease so we can determine the best way to treat or manage your condition and to prevent complications. Those with kidney disease may need to make certain lifestyle changes in order to improve symptoms. Some of these changes include,
- Eating a healthy diet that is lower in potassium and protein
- Reducing sodium intake
- Take diuretics to reduce swelling
- Losing excess weight or maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting blood pressure under control
- Controlling blood sugar (if you are diabetic)
If you are experiencing symptoms of glomerular disease, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention from a qualified nephrologist.
Call Kidney Consultants of El Paso today at (915) 544-7767 to schedule an evaluation.