GLOMERULONEPHRITIS

Kidney infections

What is Glomerulonephritis? 

Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of both kidneys. It can be acute or chronic. The most common signs and symptoms are: headache, malaise, facial and lower extremities swelling, low lateral back pain and presence of blood in urine.

What do you need to know?

Drugs

Use medications as prescribed by your physician and complete your medications even if symptoms subside.

Diet


  Follow a low salt diet with protein restriction as advised by your physician

Activity

   Remain at bed rest if indicated and reduce physical activities to promote comfort.

Therapeutic Measures and Considerations:

  • Keep a record of daily urine output and fluid intake.
  • Weigh yourself every morning to detect fluid overload.
  • Take blood pressure daily. Blood pressure may increase when there is swelling in extremities.
  • Take a bath or shower daily to decrease the possibility of further infection.
  • Wash hands frequently to prevent infection.
  • Avoid scratching insect bites or lesions to prevent infections.
  • Apply lotion to lubricate your skin.
  • Report signs and symptoms of renal failure such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diminished urine output.
  • Report signs and symptoms of infection such as high temperature, any preceding history of an inflammation of the pharynx or tonsils, as glomerulonephritis may recur.

All information is for educational purpose only. For specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, consults a doctor. Review this with a doctor prior to use.