Types of Glomerulonephritis

There are two main types of glomerulonephritis - acute glomerulonephritis and chronic glomerulonephritis.

As their name suggests, acute glomerulonephritis develops suddenly and ravages the body. On the other hand, chronic glomerulonephritis is a condition which occurs slowly and builds up over the years. Chronic glomerulonephritis usually develops from a throat or skin infection. In a lot of cases, the condition subsides on its own, but that may not always be the case. Often, the kidneys may completely shut down if immediate treatment is not provided.

Glomerulonephritis is also often classified as primary and secondary glomerulonephritis. Primary glomerulonephritis develops on its own while secondary glomerulonephritis is associated with other conditions and develops over a period of time as a secondary disease.

Treatment given in the early stages of the condition can cure it effectively, but if the disease is ignored, it may result in the complete shutdown of the kidneys.