Kidney Stones (cont.)
Kidney Stone Home Remedy
- Prevention is always the preferable way to treat kidney stones. Remaining well hydrated keeps the urine dilute and helps prevent kidney stones from forming.
- Those who have never passed a kidney stone may not appreciate the severity of the symptoms. There is little a person can do at home to control the debilitating pain and vomiting that can occur with a kidney stone other than to seek emergency care. If this is the first episode and no previous diagnosis has been established, it is important to be seen by a health-care provider to confirm the diagnosis.
- For those who have a history of stones, home therapy may be appropriate. Most kidney stones, given time, will pass
without treatment, and treatment is directed toward symptom control. The patient should be instructed to drink plenty of oral fluids. Ibuprofen may be used as an anti-inflammatory medication if there is no contraindication to its use. If further pain medication is needed, the primary-care provider may be willing to prescribe stronger narcotic pain medications.
- Please note, if a fever is associated with the symptoms of a kidney stone, this becomes an emergency, and medical care should be accessed immediately. Urinary tract infections associated with a kidney stone often require urgent assessment and may need intervention by a urologist to remove or bypass the stone.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014
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