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Preventing & Treating Kidney Stones

February 4, 20169 min
How can you prevent and treat kidney stones?Kidney stones are small mineral deposits that form in the kidneys. They often form when the urine becomes concentrated and the minerals crystallize and bond. These stones can be very painful as they pass through the urinary tract.You may not realize you have kidney stones until you experience any of these symptoms:

Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs
Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin
Pain that comes in waves and fluxuates in intensity
Pain on urination
Pink, red or brown urine
Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
Nausea and vomiting
Persistent need to urinate
Urinating more often than usual
Fever and chills if an infection is present
Urinating small amounts of urine
Change in location of pain in the body as the kidney stone travels

More than half a million people visit emergency rooms for kidney stones each year. According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in ten Americans will have a kidney stone during his or her lifetime.Dr. Karyn Eilber discusses causes, prevention, and treatment of kidney stones.

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