Why do kidney stones occur more frequently during warmer weather? When the weather is warm, we are more likely to become dehydrated which increases the risk for our bodies to develop kidney stones.
We tend to sweat more in the hotter months which deplete our body of fluids; this in turn will make our urine more concentrated. Urine that is highly concentrated allows for the formation of stones made up of calcium, oxalate or uric acid. A stone can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pea.
When the body is dehydrated, there is also less of a flow of urine through the ureters (the tube between the kidney and the bladder) which is an important factor in moving the kidney stones through this passageway.
Kidney stones can cause a tremendous amount of pain when passing through the ureter. This pain can be felt in the lower back and groin.
Additional symptoms of kidney stones include:
- Blood in the urine
- Fever and Chills
- If you have had kidney stones, there is a 50 percent chance that you can develop more within the following five years. However, you can take a few precautions to lower your risk or prevent stones from developing. Ways to prevent kidney stones include:
- Drinking at least eight to twelve glasses of water each day to dilute the urine
- Limiting your salt intake
- Cutting back on red meats, organ meats and shellfish
- Drinking sugar free lemonade or limeade as the citrate will prevent stone formation
- If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a kidney stone, seek medical help right away. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a urologist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center please call 718-206-7110.
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