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Gout: Do We Know If It Can Be Cured?

Many people who suffer the agony of the arthritic condition gout.

Will wonder if it’s possible for it to be cured.

Gout

Gout

 

Unfortunately, while there is currently no cure for this illness.

There is a lot you can do to reduce your number of attacks.

And the degree of pain of each attack once you know how.

 

What Causes Gout?

Gout is an arthritic condition that attacks the joints.

It is caused by a build-up of a waste product known as uric acid in the body.

Uric acid is produced due to the foods we eat.

It should be eliminated from the body through the kidneys and via the process of urination.

But sometimes people produce too much uric acid and don’t eliminate enough of it.

The build-up causes uric acid crystals to form.

Which settle in the joints and can lead to severe pain.

Fortunately, there are a number of medications and lifestyle measures.

That can cut down on the number and severity of gout attacks.

 

Effective Medications for Gout

There are a number of effective medications for gout

that can relieve the short-term acute pain of an attack.

And the long-term damage that gout can cause if it is left untreated.

For over-the-counter pain relief, try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as:

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • But NOT aspirin.

Prescription pain relief can include:

  • Indomethacin
  • Celecoxib
  • Colchicine

This is a type of pain reliever that effectively reduces pain.

The main issue with this drug, however, is that it is poorly tolerated by many people.

Side effects include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

After an acute gout attack subsides.

Your doctor may prescribe a low daily dose of colchicine to prevent future attacks.

If you can tolerate it.

 

Steroids

Steroids will relieve swelling and inflammation.

The most common drug of choice for short-term relief is prednisone.

It can be injected directly into the joint.

Because of serious side effects.

Steroids will not usually be given long term.

Unless the patient can’t tolerate NSAIDS or colchicine.

 

Effective Lifestyle Measures to Deal with Gout

The most effective measures to deal with gout are:

a) Lowering the amount of uric acid produced

b) Increasing the amount of uric acid eliminated

Gout

Gout

 

In terms of option a, watching what you eat is the easiest way to do this.

With little risk of side effects.

Uric acid is formed by a substance in our food called purines.

Avoid the following foods that are high in purines:

  1. Organ meats, such as liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, and brains
  2. Meats, including bacon, beef, pork, and lamb
  3. Game meats such as venison and bison
  4. Anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, and scallops
  5. Salty foods

 

Steer clear of the following beverages:

  1. Beer
  2. Fortified wines like port
  3. Full fat milk
  4. Diet drinks with artificial sweeteners in them
  5. Beverages with fructose

 

In terms of option b, flushing uric acid out of the body.

The easiest way to achieve this is to stay hydrated.

Drink plenty of fresh, clear water.

The recommendation is currently 64 ounces a day: a 2-liter bottle.

If you struggle to drink that much, try adding some fruit juice or a squirt of lemon or lime.

If natural methods for these options don’t work.

Discuss further medication options with your doctor.

Since new drugs for gout are coming to market much more frequently now.

We are what we eat and drink.

So use these natural methods to deal with your ailment.

And you can minimize the number of attacks you have.

And the damage gout can do to your joints.




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