The term proteinuria indicates the presence of abnormal amounts of protein in the urine. Low levels of protein in the urine are considered normal. The presence of these molecules can also increase temporarily after physical activity, as a result of emotional stress or taking some medications, during pregnancy or during illness, for example in case of fever. Other times, however, proteinuria may be a sign of kidney problems or other illnesses.


What kind of diseases can be associated with proteinuria?

The following diseases may be associated with proteinuria:

  • Amyloidosis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Ebola
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Hypertension
  • Leukemia
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Malaria
  • Berger's disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Nephritis
  • Pericarditis
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Sarcoidosis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for proteinuria?

The best remedy to deal with proteinuria depends on the identification of the cause that led to the abnormal amount of protein in the urine. For this you should consult a doctor.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of proteinuria?

If an urine analysis reveals proteinuria, you should seek medical attention to determine if you need to undergo further tests to identify the cause of the condition.