IgA Nephropathy is caused by IgA depositing in the kidneys, which can set off inflammation so as to damage the kidneys. When diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, you will have many symptoms, one of which may be swelling ankle. What causes swelling in ankle in IgA Nephropathy? In the following, you may find the answer.
As a matter as fact, swelling in ankle is not the common symptom of IgA Nephropathy and it just occurs occasionally. It may be associated with much loss of protein in the urine. Kidney is an important organ to filter toxin from the blood, while retaining the useful substances in the body, such as red blood cells and protein. But when your kidneys are damaged, the filtration barrier can not hold the red blood cells and protein in your body. That is why IgA Nephropathy patients often have blood urine and protein urine. When lots of protein leaks into the urine, plasma colloid osmotic pressure becomes low, as a result, fluid comes into the tissue space and lead to swelling. Due to gravity, swelling often occurs in the lower limbs, such as ankle. Besides, swelling are also associated with the declined kidney function to filter the excess fluid and sodium from the body. Fluid and sodium retention can also contribute to swelling.
If your swelling is very severe, which affects your normal life. You may eat some diuretics to help your body to discharge the excess water. And you can also eat steroids to reduce the proteinuria so as to relieve edema. But these medicine only controls your symptoms rather than help you get rid of IgA Nephropathy.
In China kidney disease hospital, we have therapies such as Immunotherapy to help regulate your immune system so as to preventing IgA from lodging in the kidneys as well as repair the damaged kidneys so as to improve kidney function. After treatment, not only ankle swelling disappears, but also other symptoms, such as blood urine are alleviated. And then you can live a relatively normal life with IgA Nephropathy.
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