Understanding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hard, rock-like deposits in the urinary tract. They can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. It’s three times more common for men than women to develop kidney stones.

FACTORS IN KIDNEY STONE FORMATION

  • eating foods high in chemicals and protein
  • dehydration
  • hot climates
  • kidney infections
  • family history

SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY STONES

  • sudden severe pain in the back, side, abdomen or groin
  • bloody urine
  • infection
  • nausea
  • frequent or burning urination

TREATMENT

Drinking a lot of water can help prevent them and flush them out. Some kidney stones can be dissolved with medication.

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