Anyone can get nephrotic syndrome but it is slightly more common in men than in women. In children, it happens most often between the ages of 2 and 6. There are other factors that may increase your risk.
You are more likely to get nephrotic syndrome if you:

  • Have a disease that affects the kidneys such as FSGS, lupus, or diabetes
  • Take certain medicines like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or antibiotics
  • Have an infection such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, or malaria