7 different types of ‘stones’ that can form in your body

Stones in your body can be the cause of some painful health issues

It sounds strange; stones in your body. Yet there are no less than seven different types of stones that can some painful health issues. One of the most common types of stone is calculus, or tartar, a form of hardened dental plaque. However, there are six other types of stone as well, like tonsil stones and gallstones. Here’s a list of all the possible ‘stones’ you can have in your body!

If you recognise these stones early on, you can save yourself some painful health issues in the future.

Stones

A large part of these conditions can be prevented by having a healthy lifestyle and having enough variety in your diet. The tricky part of some of the stones you can have in your body is that the health issues often start small, which means you don’t always realise what’s going on. Left untreated, these issues can have serious consequences for your health. It’s important to be able to recognise these seven different types of stone early on.

Calculus

We already mentioned this one. This hardened and discoloured dental plaque can become very bothersome if left untreated. Calculus is often caused by food scraps, saliva and bacteria that reside in your mouth. When dental plaque isn’t removed on a daily base, it can start to calcify and develop into calculus. A dentist can very easily remove calculus from your teeth. Are you postponing a visit to the dentist? Then your calculus can lead to inflamed gums and caries.

Kidney stones

Our kidneys function as a kind of filter that removes waste from our blood and funnels this away to the bladder in the form of urine. If this waste starts to amass, it can start to crystallise which is how kidney stones form. Without knowing it, you might be walking around with kidney stones for years before you start to experience any symptoms. If the kidney stone dislodges itself and blocks the urethra, you can experience painful cramps. Other symptoms of kidney stones are nausea, blood loss and smelly urine. In a lot of cases, drinking a lot of water will lead to you eventually peeing out the kidney stone. However, in some cases, this doesn’t work and you’re better off contacting your doctor.

Bladder stones

People with scar tissue or other irregularities in their bladder can experience bladder stones. Bladder stones arise when urine remains behind in the bladder after peeing. It can also be a kidney stone that has moved to the bladder. The main symptom of bladder stones is a painful and burning sensation when you pee. It’s important to have these stones removed because otherwise, they could lead to infections or other complications. A urologist at a hospital can remove the stone via the urethra. Larger stones might have to be removed by means of abdominal surgery.

Want to know about the other four types of stone? Go to the next page to keep reading!

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