<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...
What is Gout?
Gout is a painful condition caused by deposits of excess uric acid, in the form of crystals, in the joints and/or soft tissues of the body . These uric acid crystals can cause inflammatory arthritis characterized by intermittent swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints.
Uric acid is a normal by-product of the body’s breakdown of purines which are found in many foods, such as anchovies, sardines, scallops, dried beans and peas, asparagus, mushrooms, game meats, beef kidneys, liver, gravy, and more. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood, passed through the kidneys, and eliminated through urine. Hyperuricemia, elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, contributes to the development of gout.
How is Gout Diagnosed?
Symptoms of gout can be vague. Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) does not always cause gout. Persons experiencing an acute gout attack may not have concurrent hyperuricemia...
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...
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