What is Gout?
Gout arthritis is caused when uric acid crystals build up within bone joints. Gout causes very sharp pain in the affected joint(s), usually the big toe. Other joints that may be affected are the ankles, knees, fingers, wrists and elbows. Gout attacks come on suddenly and usually happen in the middle of the night. Men get gout more frequently than women do.
When gout symptoms flare up, the pain can be so severe that the pressure of a bed sheet resting on the joint can be enough to cause excruciating pain. Other symptoms of gout arthritis include swelling, tenderness, fever, stiffness and red or purplish skin at the site of the attack. Unless treated, gout attacks will continue to reoccur until the condition becomes chronic.
Treatment for Gout
There are a few different types of gout remedies that include eating a gout diet, gout natural remedies, and medication.
• An ideal preventative gout diet is low in meat, fish and other proteins that contain purine. A diet high in purine is one of the causes of gout.
• Cherries and dark red-blue berries reduce the risk of gout attacks, while too much vitamin C can spur them on. If cherries cannot be eaten, quercetin and bromelain may be taken in supplement form.
• Avoid alcohol, as this impairs kidneys and causes dehydration, both of which cause uric acid to build up in the blood.
• Make sure to drink plenty of water to prevent gout and kidney stone attacks.
• Losing weight is often an essential gout natural remedy. Being overweight puts strain on all of the body’s organs, including joints and has a large bearing on uric acid build-up. Achieve weight loss through diet, not exercise, which causes added joint inflammation.
During an attack of gout arthritis the affected joint needs elevation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen can help relieve pain and swelling. Avoid aspirin, which can contribute to uric acid build-up. Corticosteroids can help those who cannot tolerate NSAID medications.
If no other cures for gout work, prescription medication may be necessary to prevent gout symptoms. Drugs like Allopurinol are used for the long-term treatment for gout. These are usually life-long medications that block uric acid production altogether.
Gout, in many cases, is extremely debilitating. The pain alone is enough to keep a person who has it from being able to do anything. If not treated and/or prevented gout can cause irrevocable damage to the joints it affects.
Eating a preventative gout diet is essential in controlling gout symptoms. Losing weight and drinking plenty of water also help treat gout, as well as avoiding alcohol and other things that increase uric acid production. A doctor can help come up with the right individualized gout treatment plan.
Always consult with your doctor or a certified professional trainer before undertaking any exercises, treatments, or dietary supplements.