Nephrotic Syndrome, short for NS, is a group of clinical manifestation characterized by massive proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, heavy edema, and hyperlipidemia. To bring these symptoms under control, steroids are often used. How long should you take steroids? After reading this article, you will find out the answer.
Why steroids are used for Nephrotic Syndrome?
Nephrotic Syndrome is associated with immune disorder. Immune disorder can make your body produce a lot of immune complexes. With blood circulation, they go into kidneys and deposit, triggering renal inflammation and then causing the above referred symptoms. Steroids can reduce renal inflammation so as to control the symptoms.
How long should you take steroids with Nephrotic Syndrome?
Steroid application is usually classified into medium term and long term. If adequate steroid treatment is effective, the length of treatment should be extended to minimize recurrence. Short-term steroid treatment usually takes 3 months, and medium-term steroid treatment takes about 6-7 months.
Alternatives to steroids for Nephrotic Syndrome
As we all know, steroids have a lot of side effects, such as weight gain, moon face, increased appetite, mood swing, memory loss, infections, etc. That is why many Nephrotic Syndrome patients do not want to take steroids for long-term. In fact, once the disease gets stable, you can try some other therapies to counteract the side effects of steroids. In Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we usually use Toxin-Removing Treatment. It is a systemic treatment, which is composed 9 therapies. Those therapies can work together to eliminate waste products and extra fluid from body via urine, sweat and bowel movement. They can also restore the balance of anti-inflammatory cytokines and pro-inflammatory cytokines to reduce renal inflammation and control the disease from getting worse. Moreover, they can improve blood internal environment and provide the essential elements such as oxygen, nutrients and vitamins for kidney self-healing and other medication application. After about one week’s treatment, edema will fade away. After about half month’s treatment, proteinuria will be reduced. After about one month’s treatment, Nephrotic Syndrome will be under control, and renal function will get improved.
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