<p><strong>What Is Gout?</strong></p>
<p>Gout is a systemic disorder (that is, one potentially affecting the entire body) marked by elevated blood levels of uric acid, one of the body’s waste products. This buildup in the blood can be caused by overproduction of uric acid, impaired excretion of it in the urine, or sometimes a combination of both. As it accumulates, uric acid may form crystals in the joints. Thus, gout is often first recognized by inflammation of a single joint. The immune system typically reacts to these crystals as if they were foreign invaders and releases substances that produce inflammation. The affected joint becomes swollen, red, warm, and severely painful. Often the first episode of gout affects the base of the big toe (this joint is eventually affected in 90% of patients).</p>
<p>Although symptoms gradually subside within a week, subsequent attacks are likely. These generally strike with no warning, occur w...
Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that attacks the joints, tendons, and other tissues. Most gout patients, about 90% are men over the age of 40. Women who are menopausal and/or take medications for high blood pressure have a predisposition to develop the condition. Natural treatment for gout has become particularly popular in recent years as t is preferred over traditional medical treatments.
People who suffer from gout have an increased concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. Often referred to as ‘gouty arthritis,' gout attacks are extremely painful and sneak up on its victims suddenly. The build- up of uric acid form hard crystals that are deposited in the joints causing swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, and inflammation in the affected area.
The big toe is the most common joint to be affected; however, gout is known to also affect the elbows, knees, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Acute gout attacks must be treated by a physician to lessen the initi...
Have you heard of gout? I had, but had no idea what it was or who is more likely to get it. However, it turns out that women’s risk of getting this condition increase as they go through menopause. Therefore, I thought it would be good to learn more and share it with you.
First of all, what is gout? According to the U.S. National Library’s of Medicine’s PubMed Health , gout is a form of arthritis that happens when uric acid builds up in the blood and causes joint inflammation. There are two types of gout. Acute gout causes pain in one joint whereas chronic gout involves repeated episodes of pain and inflammation in one or more joints.
In gout, uric acid crystals form when too much uric acid builds up in the fluid located around the joints. Uric acid is produced by the body when it breaks down certain substances called purines that are naturally found in the body as well as in certain foods. These uric acid crystals, which are sharp and needle-like, result i...
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