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Ideopathic nephrotic syndrome and its treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   What is the line of treatment to cure ideopathic nephrotic syndrome for children (boy, 6yr - first diagnosed at 2.5yrs, so far off and on on steroids, 4 relapses till now)
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXX here
User :   Hello Dr XXXXX
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   It all depends on the kidney function tests , symptoms if present and also kidney biopsy if done
Doctor :   Idiopathic reasons can be due to viral infections
User :   no biosy was done
Doctor :   more commonly
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the treatment is basically with a low protien diet
Doctor :   and control of hypertension
Doctor :   with antihypertensive medications
User :   he was not having any hyerptension
User :   when we start steroid, withing 3-4 days his albumin stops
User :   and then the whole course goes for 4-6 months
Doctor :   U mean, that albumin in urine ?
User :   yes
User :   I want to start homeopathic treatment, if this can help and he is not required to take any form of steroids
Doctor :   Nephrotic syndrome has many causes and may either be the result of a disease limited to the kidney
User :   he is having no other disease
User :   so my query is --- how homeopathy treats such a case?
Doctor :   homeopahty has no cure for nephrotic syndrome
Doctor :   as far as i know
Doctor :   If that was possible , all patient would not be treated by allopathic doctors
User :   A lot of homepopathic doctors claims that it can be cured
Doctor :   this is not a bias against homeopathy, but this is a fact
User :   you google it and a lot of links are there - I am wondering what the truth is
User :   check this link
User :   a lot of case studies
User :   is this all fake?
Doctor :   I have had many patients who have failed with homeopathy
User :   hmm
Doctor :   some cases can have good results
User :   so steroids are the only option, in your opinion?
Doctor :   To solve your doubt, you can try it out
Doctor :   there is no harm in it
User :   can it go hand-in-hand with allopathic treatment?
Doctor :   ultimately homeopahty does not do any body harm
Doctor :   yes it can
User :   I have one query here as well
Doctor :   homeopathy needs long duration for treatment to be effective
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   homeopathy uses body's immunity power to cure something --- like trying to make body fight the disease ---- while allopathic treatment in this case supress immunity so that ---- wouldn't it be conflicting line of treatment in this case???
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   homeopathy trys to cure chronic conditions
Doctor :   but allopathy is helpful to help in acute episodes
Doctor :   allopathy works via using body receptors and body based hormones
Doctor :   supppressing immunity is good in conditions such as nephrotic syndrome due to hyper immune conditions
Doctor :   ultimately what matters is the patient to get better
Doctor :   what ever means it may be
User :   so generally it is said that ideopathic nephrotic syndrom cures with age --- when kid reaches in teens? Is there any truth in this?
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   many kids having this condition, improve when the body adapts and the immune system learns to identify its own tissues
User :   so for instance in my son's case, he goes on-and-off steroids for 5-6 months at a time and then a gap of 3-5 months ---- so how tolerable this much does of steroids is ---- in long run?
User :   these 5 - 6 months are actually tapering off period
Doctor :   steroids are normally produced in the body
Doctor :   they are not toxins
Doctor :   these hormones in the body are released in acute stressfull conditions
Doctor :   so use of low dose steroids , in your sons case does not affect much
User :   he was given Prednisolone
Doctor :   i know, predisone is a common medication , and is given in low doses for kids
Doctor :   this doses do not cause many issues
User :   ok. thanks Dr. for clarifying few doubts --- I would want to try homeopathy this time
Doctor :   used for 10-15 days once in 3-4 months is not harmful
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   but make sure, u try it in combination with the regular treatment he is taking
User :   thanks
User :   yes
User :   sure
Doctor :   homeopathy needs time to work
User :   ya
Doctor :   if u stop meds, the condition may deteriorate
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