Jul 13, 2017

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Gout – a Type of Arthritis

Gout – a Type of Arthritis

There are different types of Arthritis. One type that can leave people disabled during attacks is gout. Gout can attack a person at anytime leaving one in terrible pain, that may be helped with DIY pain relief kits in some cases.

According to Medicinenet.com, Gout has been a medical illness recorded throughout history. It was even believed that Christopher Columbus died from gout. Gout can be so painful that even the slightest touch of the affected area can be painful.

Gout is a disease that develops due to the build up of uric acid. Uric acid crystals precipitate on the cartilage of joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. This happens because there is such a high elevation of uric acid in the blood stream.

The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health define Gout as”a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are found in some foods and drinks, such as liver, anchovies, mackerel, dried beans and peas, beer, and wine.”

Due to an increase in uric acid in the urine, uric acid crystals can also go into the kidneys or bladder causing uric acid kidney stones.

According to Labtestonline.org, the uric acid test can show doctors if the body is “getting rid” of uric acid.

Because the acid is left in the joints and tendons this often causes inflammation. Symptoms are usually swelling, redness, tenderness, and sharps pains in the big toe. Attacks can also occur in the foot, ankle, or knees. According to WebMD these attacks last for a few days or weeks, until it goes away. It may not occur again for months or years.

Men tend to have gout more than women, but women are more likely to get gout after menopause. People who are overweight, drink alcohol, and have high cholesterol are also more likely to have gout. Some medicines actually can cause problems, because they create extra uric acid. Some of these are medicines such as niacin, asprin, cyclosporine, certain diuretics, and some drugs that treat cancer.

When people are dealing with an attack of gout they should rest in bed. The use of hot pads or cold pads could help with the pain.

Also to decrease attacks of gout people who suffer with this inflammation should reduce uric acid producing foods. Foods listed previously and others such as yeast, sweet breads, asparagus, and mushrooms are rich in uric acid. Subtracting some of these foods and increasing fruits and vegetable intake will help to reduce the acidity of urine and help to keep uric acid crystals from building up.

Alcohol is also known to increase productivity of uric acid. it would help to reduce drinking alcohol to decrease production of the uric acid and therefore stop the build up of uric acid crystals.

Doctors can prescribe medicines to help with pain also, but a natural remedy is cherries. Cherries and other berries (dark red or blue in color) also help in the reduction of pain from inflammation of gout.

There are no cures for arthritis and gout so one must try different things to help in the prevention of attacks of gout.