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Gout, What Exactly Is It And Can It Be Cured?

Many people have heard of gout, but are not really sure what it is.

Basically, it is a form of arthritis.

Gout Attacks Uric Acid Build-Up

Gout Attacks Uric Acid Build-Up

It can affect both men and women, though men are three times more likely to suffer from it.

Black men are twice as likely as white men to contract it.

Symptoms of Gout

A typical attack involves the big toe, which becomes swollen and painful.

People awakened by pain of their first attack at night.

Intense soreness in the big toe is the fist sign of gout.

Other commonly affected joints include ankles, wrists and elbows.

Pain is so sudden and sharp that most people will head straight to the doctor to find out what’s wrong and how to get effective pain relief.

Causes

Attacks are the result of the build-up of uric acid in the body.

Uric acid is created from substances in food and drink called purines.

Foods that contain large amounts of purines include red meat, shellfish, organ meats such as liver and kidneys, and beer.

Gout can also be caused by the body not clearing out enough uric acid from the body.

Via the kidneys into the urine, from where it will be eliminated from your body.

The build-up can use uric acid crystals to form in the joints.

And as stones in the kidneys, leading to further pain.

Treatments

Treatments for disease will tackle it in a number of ways.

And at a number of different points in the course of the disease.

The first attack will be sudden and acute.

The main priority here will be to reduce the pain and swelling.

The doctor might recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen.

If they don’t work, they might recommend two drugs used for arthritis pain, indomethacin (Indocin) or the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib (Celebrex).

Another choice for gout might be a high dose of Colchicine, tapering off as the symptoms of gout subside.

The trouble with this medicine is the side effects are pretty awful and include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you can’t tolerate pain relievers or Colchicine.

Your doctor might recommend steroids or medicines that deal with the level of uric acid in the body.

Two other types of medicine might help.

Gout Treatment With Medication

Gout Treatment With Medication

One prevents too much uric acid being formed.

The other increases the amount of uric acid being removed from the body via urination.

Blood tests and urinalysis performed by your doctor will help determine which drug might be best for you.

One final effective treatment to consider is diet.

Watching what you eat can be one of the best ways to beat gout.

Steering clear of red meat, certain types of fish and shellfish, and beer.

All of which all contain purines (from which uric acid is derived) can cut down on uric crystal formation and attacks of gout.

Drinking plenty of fresh water and trying cherries, vitamin C and coffee (decaf is fine) have also been found to help with gout symptoms.

Gout is a painful arthritic condition that can have serious effects upon your joints and lead to loss of mobility.

Learn all you can about gout in order to maintain your joint health until well into your senior years.

 




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