Certain illnesses are known to trigger acute GN, including:
- strep throat
- systemic lupus erythematosus, which is also called lupus
- Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack your kidneys and lungs
- amyloidosis, which occurs when abnormal proteins that can cause harm build up in your organs and tissues
- Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels
- polyarteritis nodosa, a disease in which cells attack arteries
Heavy use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), may also be a risk factor. You shouldn’t exceed the dosage and length of treatment listed on the bottle without seeking advice from your primary care provider.