Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Gout

 

Overview

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid crystals are deposited on the cartilage surrounding the joints causing arthritis symptoms.

 

Causes

Some risk factors for developing gout are obesity, genetic predisposition with the condition present in family history, excessive intake of alcohol and a diet too rich in fat and red meat. Sudden changes in the uric acid levels in the body can be caused by chemotherapy, diabetes, high blood pressure, trauma, dehydration and certain medications. In some cases, the cause of gout may be linked to a joint injury, kidney disorder, improper functioning of the thyroid or a heart condition. Improper nutrition i.e. eating an extremely low calorie or high calorie diet, exposure to lead or acute infections may also lead to  gout.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptom is inflammatory arthritis, a very painful and debilitating condition where the sufferer feels intense pain and even the slightest pressure can cause extreme discomfort during movement. Often the big toe is affected and there may be severe pain with warmth, swelling, redness and tenderness in the area. Besides the big toe, joints of feet, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows may also be affected by gout. After a gout attack, the skin surrounding the affected joint may peel off.  Fever may also develop.

 

Diagnosis

A doctor will diagnose gout after conducting a physical examination of the patient and reviewing their medical history. The doctor will also recommend tests that may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.

 

Treatment

A doctor can prescribe specific drugs to treat the condition. Various alternative and complementary therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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