Gout Symptoms And Treatment


Gout Symptoms And Treatment  

The medical condition wherein the metabolic processing of uric acid does not occur normally is referred to as gout. In such circumstances, uric acid could be produced in excess or there could be problems related to its elimination from the body. The primary symptom of gout is sudden occurrence of a red swollen joint. The joint at the base of the big toe is the most common joint for the incidence of this inflammation. Many patients experience the same at other locations in the body as well.

This swelling is accompanied by severe pain to the extent that even a bed sheet placed on the toe can make one feel miserable. This condition lasts for about one week to a fortnight. However, with most patients this becomes a recurrent condition. Subsequently, these attacks of swelling accompanied with intense pain occur at shorter intervals of time and start affecting many other joints of the body. Prevalence of kidney stones could be another symptom of gout. Another indication of the problem is formation of crystals of uric acid, which are called tophi, in the ear lobe, elbow and the Achilles tendon.

The treatment of gout is a two fold process. Firstly, there are a few measures that the patient can take himself or herself to decrease the pain and inflammation caused by the attack. These steps include raising the affected limb and avoiding any vigorous movement. Cold compression can also help to ease off the swelling. However, one must be careful not to use ice directly as this can cause further damage. Ice compress or a packet of frozen peas covered with a towel applied for around twenty minutes could provide sufficient relief. Secondly, there are various medicinal remedies for the attacks that not only offer respite from the pain and swelling but could also prevent the occurrence of attacks in future. The options of medicine prescribed by doctors in cases of gout include non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as naproxen; colchicine; steroid tablets and steroid injections. While NSAID may not be appropriate for people suffering from heart condition, elevated blood pressure, kidney disease and lung disease; colchicine is known to have side effects in the form of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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Natural-Remedies-For-Gout      The favorite location of a gout attack is the joint in the big toe but the same condition can occur in the other joints of the body such as feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. Since the disease causes immense pain, redness, heat, swelling, and tenderness in the joints; there are medications to reduce these signs of discomfort. Apart from some approved medicines for the treatment of gout, doctors generally advocate increase in the water intake, exercising, maintaining proper weight and avoiding food that have high content of purines. More..


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