Can Kidney Stones Go Away on Their Own?

Kidney stones develop in about one out of 11 Americans. They tend to be more prevalent among men, diabetics, and obese people.

Small kidney stones don’t typically cause problems, and you might not feel any pain or any symptoms. Larger ones can cause severe pain, but most stones pass on their own. 

When a stone doesn’t pass naturally, you may need a medical procedure to break it up so it can pass or be removed altogether.

At Stone Relief Center, board-certified urologic surgeon William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, and our professional team have home remedy tips you can use to help them pass.

At-home remedies for passing kidney stones

Our team wants to help you avoid developing kidney stones or to help you pass them naturally if they do develop.

Drink water

Dehydration poses a high risk for forming kidney stones. We recommend that you increase your water intake to 12 glasses a day. Once your stone passes, continue to drink at least 8-12 glasses every day. 

If you notice that your urine is a dark yellow, you're showing signs of dehydration. It should be very light in color.

Drink apple cider vinegar

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps kidney stones dissolve. Add 2 tablespoons to 6-8 ounces of water and drink it throughout the day to reap the benefits. You can also use it as a salad dressing if you’d rather taste it on food.

If you’re a diabetic, watch your blood sugar levels when drinking apple cider vinegar.

Drink lemon juice

Lemons have citrate in them, which helps prevent kidney stones from forming. You can also inhibit bacterial growth when drinking lemon juice. Feel free to drink lemon juice as much as you’d like.

Drink other juices

Other juices that can benefit your kidneys include:

These juices can help you eliminate waste, improve your digestion, and increase your urination. They’re also packed with nutrients and can help with inflammatory issues. Flushing toxins out of your body offers many benefits.

When to seek medical attention 

Our team has the expertise and experience to treat your kidney stones if you’re unable to pass them naturally. Schedule an appointment with us immediately if you have any of the following symptoms after six weeks:

We can determine what type of treatment you need to help your stone pass. We provide kidney stone management, kidney stone medication, and kidney stone removal.

To learn more about how to alleviate your pain from kidney stones naturally or medically, schedule a consultation with our team. Contact us at our office in The Woodlands, Texas, by calling or requesting an appointment online today.

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