What is Gout Arthritis?
Last Edited: June 18th, 2012
Fact about Gout

Gout is actually a health disorder that affects many individuals regardless if they are rich or poor, though most victims are men. And there is a fact that approximately 2 percent of Canadian men over 30 and women over 50 have gout and also incidence of gout has multiplied by two in the last 20 years according to Arthritis Society.

Understanding Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis triggered by a buildup of needle-like in the tissues and joints of the body. Uric Acid is a usual byproduct made by the breakdown of purines (chemicals found in many foods). When our bodies can't process uric acid, gout becomes chronic and advanced, enduringly destroying affected joints.

Gout is commonly related or often linked to kidney problems and heart disease.

Identifying Gout

If your big toe beats and is exacerbated and engorged, it's possibly gout. As the disorder develops, it can affect other joints, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows. Swellings of crystals may form in the soft tissue around fingers, elbows, the rim of the ears and big toes.

Gout attacks are frequently quick. They begin with pain, followed by heat, swelling, redness, stiffness, extreme tenderness at the affected site and sometimes accompanied with fever and muscle ache.

Attacks commonly last hours or days and frequently affect only one joint at a time. Regrettably, more than 75 percent of victims have imminent episodes, often with amassed frequency and distressing a wider range of joints. For a few, gout fits into chronic joint inflammation, similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

What causes Gout?

In study, gout is triggered by a hereditary abnormality in the physique's ability to develop and remove uric acid. In reality it's not that simple. While approximately 10 percent of American males have high levels of uric acid, a condition called hyperuricemia, most don't develop gout. Equally, not everybody with low levels is safe either.

That's where lifestyle and medical factors enter the situation by elavating levels of uric acid in the blood. Increased risk factors for developing gout, other than a family history, include

  • obesity
  • alcoholism
  • hypertention
  • kidney problem
  • organ transplant
  • having diseases such as cancer, hemoglobin disorders, psoriasis, diabetes and hypothyroidism
  • use of certain drugs, including some diuretics, low-dose aspirin, niacin, some immunosuppresants and some medications for Parkinson's disease and tubercolosis.

When you already have Gout, it attacks through flare-ups that possible to become chronic and here are some lists that trigger Gout attacks:

  • dehydration
  • joint injury
  • fever
  • overeating
  • excessive alcohol drinking

Recent surgery can also considered to be a factor to trigger gout attacks due to possibility of dehydration to patients.

Treatments and Lifestyle

You can't change your genetics but you can change your lifestyle. One good example of preventing Gout attacks are avoiding foods with the presence of purine. Restricting purine-rich foods is a good step on having Gout and those foods are shellfish, meat particularly liver, dried beans, peas and anchovies.

Alcohol drinking is also one big factor that contributes on Gout attack which makes it worst. Avoiding alcohol will definitely help you get out of Gout pains.

Other than any other thing to do, supplement will also help you reduced on having Gout. Aside from having a good diet and active lifestyle consuming daily supplements are good also to prevent on having gout or lessen the pain of gout.

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