Does the Risk of Developing Kidney Stones Increase During the Summer?
New research shows that highly painful kidney stones seem to increase during the summer months. For those who haven’t suffered from kidney stones, this might not be a major concern, but they can develop very suddenly and at any time.
What are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones are a solid concretion of various substances that form in the kidney. They are fairly common in the U.S., with roughly 1 out of 10 American suffering mild to severe stones. What’s interesting is that they aren’t caused by one specific issue, but rather by several factors all together, ranging from genetics, lifestyle and preexisting medical history.
Doctors have identified what is being coined as the “stone belt”. Those are the States that stretch from the Southeast to the Southwest regions of the US. People in these areas are more likely to develop kidney stones, largely due to the environment and amount of sun they’re exposed to. Diabetes and obesity are also key factors in kidney stone disease. If you have kidney stones, there are treatment options available but this does depend on the size of your kidney stones. If they are small, doctors suggest taking painkillers to reduce pain and drinking plenty of water to flush out the stones. However, bigger ones usually need surgery, or alternatively shock wave lithotripsy (SWL).