Lupus nephritis is a kidney disease, which is caused by SLE(systemic lupus erythematosus). lupus is a disease in which your immune system attacks your own cells and organs. Lupus is more common in women than in men. And many occurs If you are diagnosed with lupus nephritis, you are likely to progress into kidney failure.

Kidney disease often occur along with or shortly after lupus symptoms, which can include:

- fever

- swelling

- muscle pain

- joint pain

- a red rash, which looks like butterfly

Treatment

If you develops into lupus nephritis, your doctor may discuss with you about various treatment options. Here are the common treatments for your reference.

Drugs to treat your symptoms

Corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatory drugs. Diuretics help your kidneys remove excessive water from your body.

Drugs on your immune system

If you have lupus nephritis, you are suggested to change what you eat. You can get a healthy eating and meal planning from dietitian or your doctor. Maintaining a right foods can help you manage your lupus nephritis. Commonly, you are suggested to take a low-salt, low-potassium, correct amount of water diet. Your doctor may also suggest you to change protein amount and types in your diet.

If you develops into lupus nephritis, your doctor may discuss with you about various treatment options. Here are the common treatments for your reference.

Drugs to treat your symptoms

Corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatory drugs. Diuretics help your kidneys remove excessive water from your body.

Drugs on your immune system

Immunosupressive drugs work by suppressing immune system activity that damages the kidneys. They include cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), azathioprine (Imuran) and mycophenolate (Cellcept).

Treatment on your underlying kidneys

TCM therapies are used to repair the damage kidney cells and improve your kidney functions. Dialysis and kidney transplant are suggested when your condition develops into kidney failure.