IgA Nephropathy with High Blood Potassium: Is Kidney Failing

2019-01-17 17:52

Question: Hello, my friend has IgA Nephropathy and he has high potassium levels in his blood. Is his kidney failing?

IgA Nephropathy with High Blood Potassium: Is Kidney FailingAnswer: If he has kidney disease, he is at risk for high potassium, because his kidneys can not remove the extra potassium in his blood. Instead of leaving his body through his urine, the extra potassium in his blood travels through his kidneys and back into his bloodstream. Overtime, more and more potassium can build up in his blood.

Other causes of high blood potassium for IgA Nephropathy patients

-Some medicines, such as potassium-sparing diuretics, ACEI, ARBs, beta blockers, etc.

-Eating food high in potassium.

-Uncontrolled diabetes


I suggest your friend to find out the exact causes of high blood potassium timely and lower it timely so as to avoid corresponding complications, such as heart failure.

How to lower high blood potassium for IgA Nephropathy patients?

-Potassium binders can be used to stick to the potassium in his body and prevent some of it from being taken into bloodstream. This helps to keep potassium from building up in blood.

-To avoid foods high in potassium such as bananas, beans, potatoes, etc.

-If the above treatment can not bring the level down, dialysis can be started to remove excess potassium from the blood. If you do not want to start dialysis, a systemic treatment is recommended to you. It is Toxin-Removing Treatment, also known as Detoxification Therapy. This treatment makes use of various therapies such as plasma exchange, medicated bath, foot bath, enema therapy and so on to eliminate waste products and extra fluid from the blood. It can also dilate blood vessels and remove stasis to improve blood circulation and increase blood flow into kidneys so that enough essential elements such as oxygen, nutrients and active ingredients of medicine can be transported into nidus to speed up kidney recovery. Moreover, it can reduce renal inflammation and control the disease from getting worse.

After about one week’s treatment, there will be a lot of cotton-like substances in the urine, which are those wastes including iga immune complexes being passed out.

After about half month’s treatment, high blood potassium level will be reduced. Symptoms such as weakness, pale skin, hematuria, proteinuria, swelling and so on will be corrected.

After about one month’s treatment, the disease will be under control, and renal function will get improved. And then potassium can be passed out naturally.

For IgA Nephropathy patients, when blood potassium is high, it does not mean their kidneys are failing. We should find out the exact causes timely and treat it. For more information on IgA Nephropathy treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.

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