What is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden and severe attacks of pain, stiffness, and redness in the joints. It usually affects the big toe first, but it can affect any joint. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints. These crystals cause inflammation and swelling, which leads to gout pain.
How to Prevent & Treat Gout Attacks?
Gout is a painful condition that affects the joints, especially the big toe. It can arise in people of any age or fitness level, but it most frequently begins in middle age. If you have gout, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce pain and discomfort and to prevent future episodes. This article will take a look at some of these treatment options.
With gout, uric acid crystals come together and collect in your joints. This causes them to swell up and become inflamed. If the calcium content of the crystal increases, you may get an attack within 10 minutes. The most common areas for these attacks are the big toe, heel, knee, or ear lobe.
In order to control the pain of a gout attack, there are a variety of medications available, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and colchicine. NSAIDs help reduce inflammation and pain. Corticopsteroids will not only reduce inflammation but also help decrease the number of attacks as well as prevent new ones from occurring. Colchicine is used to treat those with recurring gout attacks or those who have been taking NSAIDS or corticosteroids for more than two weeks without success.
Seconds: Foods to Eat and Avoid
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden and severe pain in the joints, most often the big toe. One of the reasons why foods can trigger gout attacks is because they contain high amounts of purines, which are substances that break down into uric acid. If you have gout, it’s important to avoid foods such as meat and seafood with high purine levels.
If you want to avoid a gout attack, there are three things we recommend:
1. Take anti-inflammatory drugs
2. Drink lots of water
3. Stop alcohol, avoid gout triggers such as red meats, some seafood such as lobster and cut sugar-rich foods and drinks