You may have heard of it but not known exactlywhat it is.
So what is gout? Turns out, gout is a type of inflammatoryarthritis caused by excess uric acid.
Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines, whichare part of many foods.
The uric acid crystallizes in the joints — mainly the toes, ankles,hands and wrists — causing painful inflammation.
Although gout is a type of arthritis, it is“episodic” rather than chronic.
A patient may have pain in the joint for days or weeks,but then may not exhibit any symptoms for a long period of time.
Episodes are likelyto be the most painful in the first 4 to 12 hours.
Subsequent discomfort may then lastfor between a few days and a few weeks.
A doctor may diagnose a patient with gout ifhe or she experiences joint swelling or pain in one to two joints, then has periods withoutpain.
NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are best taken when gout symptoms firstbegin to appear.
Larger doses can be taken to end an acute attack, while smaller amountscan be taken to prevent future attacks.
Colchicine and Corticosteroids areadditional options.
To avoid future gout attacks from occurring, make sure and drink plentyof water, avoid drinks with high fructose corn syrup and reduce your alcohol intake.
Keeping your fish, meat and poultry consumption to a minimum may also help.