What is Gout?


Gout is an arthritis type that causes severe, sudden pain in the joint. Pain usually lasts 5 to 7 day and then disappears. It can cause damage to the joints if not treated. High levels of uric acids in the blood are most commonly responsible for gout. Alcohol, certain foods, or medications can cause this. This can be caused by certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. It could also be the result of heart disease, kidney disease, or kidney disease. A gout attack can be caused by an infection or injury. Sometimes more than one joint can be affected. Most commonly, the big toe is affected, but the attack can also affect the ankles or knees. It can even occur on the hands, elbows, wrists and fingers. Intense pain, heat, swelling, and redness are all symptoms. The joint may feel stiff with limited movement. Even a sheet of bedsheet touching the toe that is affected can cause severe pain. Pain usually occurs at night and is sudden.

Gout attacks can be intense, and even frightening at first. The severity of the gout attack can increase over time if it is not treated. This can cause permanent damage to the joints. The typical attacks are short but can occur repeatedly over time.

Gout symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and warmth. In the fluid that protects and lubricates your joints, uric acid crystals can form. If uric acid levels are too high, it can cause inflammation and irritation of your joints.

Gout can be treated in many ways, both to relieve pain and inflammation during an attack as well as to prevent future attacks. During an attack, your GP may prescribe painkillers that will help reduce the inflammation and pain. They usually ask about your diet and lifestyle. You may be referred (to a rheumatologist for additional tests and treatments). They can check your blood level and order x rays or scans to the affected joints. A thin needle can be used to remove a small sample of fluid from the joint.

Exercise and diet are essential for managing gout. Avoid foods high in sugar, fat and purines. Shellfish, gravies and red meat, as well as organ meats like liver, are all examples. Low-fat vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach and spinach, and low-fat dairy products can reduce uric acids.
It is essential to drink plenty of water in order to maintain normal kidney function, and reduce uric acids. Reduce your alcohol consumption and avoid some medications, such as aspirin and narcotics. Stress reduction and getting enough sleep can help. Try a warm bath to help you sleep if you have trouble falling asleep. You can also elevate the affected area at night.

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