March 4, 2010

Causes, Symptoms & Treatments for Lupus Nephritis

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

Lupus nephritis is essentially the inflammation of the kidneys as a direct result of a condition known as systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. SLE is a rather common condition and recent studies show that as many as 1.4 million Americans are affected by the condition at this time. Lupus is an autoimmune condition where the body’s own defenses appear to turn on it’s self. The condition manifests by mobilizing antibodies against the body’s own tissues and affects primarily the muscles, joints and other parts of the body including the brain, heart and kidney in some cases. The symptoms of SLE include a butterfly shaped rash developing on the face across the nose as well as an increased sensitivity to sunlight. Skin ulcers and arthritis are a common development.

Lupus nephritis is considered to be a symptom of lupus and although the condition is very serious if left untreated, its symptoms are rather subdued and not excessively prominent. Some of the more common symptoms of the condition include high blood pressure, weight gain, darker urine and swelling around the eyes, ankles or fingers. Some individuals may also experience the development of an inflammation around the eyes, ankles, legs or even fingers which is absent in the morning but will become more prominent as the day goes on.

Treating lupus nephritis involves a significant overhaul to your lifestyle and requires that you allow your body to get a substantial amount of rest over the course of the day. Avoid venturing outdoors when the sun is out, especially between 11 am and 2 pm, when the ultra violet rays are at their most destructive. You should also try using plastic devices that block ultraviolet radiation from indoor lighting to provide additional protection for your skin. Since smoking has the tendency to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, it is best if you completely put an end to the habit of smoking. Exercise is one of the most beneficial natural methods of treating the condition and will also have the added medical advantages of reducing the risk of a heart attack and fighting depression. A minimum of about 30 minutes of intense physical activity or sport should be conducted on a daily basis either as a single session or short instances spread over the course of the day. Switch over to a healthy diet and make sure that you increase your intake of beneficial foods such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits.