First things are first: White particles floating in the urine is quite a "common condition" than you know. That said - do not panic. Rather, try and get an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. If at any point this is accompanied by pain and/or fever, you should see a doctor even if it is not your primary care provider immediately - if he or she has an earlier opening. If this happens overnight, head straight to the ER.
Especially since there could be different reason for this. Some are very serious than others. Therefore, it is critical that you get to a doctor immediately. He or she will then conduct further investigation, in order to decipher the source of the problem, and why this is happening. Be proactive, but stay calm.
Common Causes and Facts
- Kidney stones
- Many individuals who have had more than one stone, will more likely experience others.
- If you have had a history of kidney stones, the "stones" can and often will occur not only in the kidneys, but in other parts of the urinary tract (leading to other complication and symptoms).
All this and more could explain the cause of the floating white particles in your urine. Only a doctor can professionally confirm exactly what this is.
The urinary system functions to get rid of wastes and to keep water, and chemicals balanced. As we age however, the structure and functions of the kidneys can be quite different compared to previous years. Illness, injury, certain medications, and too much protein can also slow affect the way the kidneys filter and could also block the urinary passage. Overtime, kidneys can perform at lower levels of efficiency. Often referred to as "kidney failure" or "a shutting down" of the kidneys; in extreme cases, kidneys even lose the ability to do their main job: That of removing wastes.
The good news is that if you in fact suffering from kidney stones, it should be comforting to know that most stones do not require surgical treatment and can be removed by drinking lots of water (1 - 2 liters) daily. In most cases, this usually does the trick. They get washed down, from and through the urinary system, and out-where they belong.
There are times when individuals will require surgery to remove certain stones especially in cases where there is a history of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs); stones, much too large to pass with water; very painful stones, which block the urine flow; major damage to the kidneys; and internal bleeding from damages.
At the first signs of white particles in the urine, play it safe, by arranging to see a medical professional immediately. He or she will arrange for you to provide a sample of urine for a urinalysis to test for the presence of a host of different conditions, chemical, compounds and so on, and be able to rule out certain possibilities. After talking to you about your medical history, dietary habits and so on, your doctor may also do what is referred to as a composition test to check the actual "make-up" and "composition" of your urine.
The best information however, is that kidney stones are preventable: Depending on the urinalysis results, gravel, urine composition, and so on, he or she will know what to do going forward, and will if/and when necessary even prescribe medicines to prevent stones from forming in the future. Some people are also placed on specific diets. Based on your situation, your doctor will be able to discuss preventive measures with you and will make other recommendations accordingly if necessary.
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