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How glomerulonephritis is treated depends on the type of glomerulonephritis you have and what is causing it.
In most cases your doctor will treat the underlying condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or infection.
Your doctor may also recommend that you limit your salt, protein, or fluids.
Treatment also can include:
- Temporary treatment with an artificial kidney machine
- Taking diuretics
- Controlling blood pressure
- Taking calcium supplements
Glomerulonephritis may get better quickly, or it may get worse over time. If it does not get better it can lead to chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. The only treatment for these conditions is kidney dialysis or kidney transplant. Kidney dialysis is a machine that does the job of your kidneys to filter waste from your blood.
Avoiding infections can help prevent glomerulonephritis.
This includes hand-washing, practicing safe sex and avoiding illicit use of IV drugs.
Although one (uncommon) cause of glomerulonephritis is strep throat, taking antibiotics for strep throat does not prevent development of glomerulonephritis.