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Understanding Gout

Gout - is actually a form of arthritis known as gouty arthritis What is Gout? 

Gout is actually a form of arthritis known as gouty arthritis. A build up of uric acid causes inflammation in one or more joints in the body. It is common in the big toe but can affect any joint. Gout is more common in men than women, and you are more likely to experience it from middle age. Gout affects about 1 in 200 adults and can run in families. 

Gout Symptoms

Symptoms of gout include sudden severe joint pain, redness and inflammation. It can cause pain and difficulty walking. A flare up of gout or gout attack can last 3-10 days.

Gout can be caused by:

  • drinking alcohol, particularly beer and spirits
  • dietary issues such as a lack of vitamin C
  • drinking a lot of sugar-sweetened drinks
  • eating purine-rich foods such as herring, mussels, sardines, marmite and offal.

Being overweight, having high blood pressure or diabetes can increase your risk of developing gouty arthritis, as can some medicines.

Gout is not usually serious, but in some cases there can be complications such as kidney stones, formation of tophus lumps under the skin and permanent joint damage.

Gout treatment
Symptoms can be relieved by taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory. Aspirin should not be taken as this can raise uric acid levels. Alternative medicines such as colchicine are an option if you cannot take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, as are steroid tablets or injections.

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Symptoms can be relieved by taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory. Aspirin should not be taken as this can raise uric acid levels. Alternative medicines such as colchicine are an option if you cannot take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, as are steroid tablets or injections.

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