The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has released an infographic that helps users understand the various ways to treat kidney stones.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a safe and clean environment.
If you have kidney stones, the National Kidneys Foundation recommends:• Make sure your kidney stones are removed and washed out• Take the medication you need• Use a special bag or pouch to keep your stones away from other people• Use regular hand sanitisation to prevent infections• Take precautions to ensure you are not infected with kidney stones in the first place, such as avoiding close contact with other people with kidney problems• Do not drink alcohol, or take any medications that can cause kidney stones to develop• Use medication to treat the pain and swelling from kidney stones• Avoid eating raw food for the first week or so after you have been told to avoid eating the food.
The second thing you want to do before going to the doctor is to have a thorough physical exam.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises that you:• Have a comprehensive physical examination• Take a blood test if you are suspected of having kidney stonesYou can also use a blood pressure checkup at a clinic that specialises in kidney stones or a doctor’s appointment to ensure your health is healthy.
Finally, you need an injection to help you get the stone out.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that:• Take an injection for a period of at least 72 hours• Make an appointment at a health care provider with experience injecting patients• Use an appropriate injection site to inject the injection• Take medication if needed to prevent further stone formation• If the injection is successful, follow-up visits are scheduled to make sure the stone has been removed.
If you have any further questions, you can contact the National Health & Medical Research Foundation on 1300 671 787 or visit their website.