Gout Disease, What To Do And Avoid

 What is gout..

GOUT, (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe)[1] is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.....  Gout afflicts up to 3 million Americans. 

For many people, the first attack of gout occurs in the big toe. Often, the attack wakes a person from sleep. The toe is very sore, red, warm, and swollen.

Gout can cause:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat
  • Stiffness in joints.
In addition to the big toe, gout can affect the:
  • Insteps
  • Ankles
  • Heels
  • Knees
  • Wrists
  • Fingers
  • Elbows.

This condition and its complications occur more often in men, women after menopause, and people with kidney disease. Gout is strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Because of genetic factors, gout tends to run in some families.  An acute attack of gout can wake you up in the middle of the night feeling like your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it seems intolerable At first, gout attacks usually get better in days. Eventually, attacks last longer and occur more often. Uric acid buildup can lead to kidney stones. Untreated gout can cause permanent joint and kidney damage. You can treat gout with medicines

  • 1. All humans are at risk for gout, but gout is rarely seen in men before adolescence.
  • 2. All humans are at risk for gout, but gout is rarely seen in women before menopause.
  • 3. Estrogen protects women form developing gout prior to menopause when estrogen levels decline.
  • 4. Elevated uric acid levels do not necessarily mean that a person has gout.
  • 5. Uric acid levels can be normal during a gout attack.
  • 6. Many drugs can cause a gout attack including thiazide diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide), low dose aspirin, and some antibiotics.
  • 7. Alcohol use increases the risk for gout.
  • 8. The most accurate way to diagnose gout is by looking for crystals in the joint fluid.
  • 9. Foods that have a high Purine (a basic building block of DNA) content should be avoided, including: shellfish, turkey, salmon, trout, beans, peas, asparagus and spinach.
  • 10. Besides causing arthritis (gouty arthritis), gout can damage the kidneys if left unchecked.

  •  How to deal with gout..

    There are two types of treatment for gout: 
    Medications to control the attacks of joint pain such as NSAIDs, colchicine and corticosteroids, and medications used after attacks have resolved that can lower the level of uric acid in the body over time so the attacks occur less frequently or not at all. People with chronic gout often require lifetime treatment with drugs to lower uric acid levels. Lifestyle changes such as controlling weight, limiting alcohol consumption, and limiting meals with meats and fish rich in purines also can be helpful in controlling gout. Learn all the techniques and different medicine to Fight Gout Now:

    Dearest Friend, you do not have to sit here and suffer everyday with this very painful disease. Please help yourself today by trying all the different cures and ideas that you have learned today. For we all know that when it comes to Sickness, what works for one may not work at all for another. Be Well... James Dazouloute

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