Veterinarian Reviewed on January 9, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Gout is another type of Arthritis that is caused by a surplus of uric acid in the body that invades the joints. And as they build up in the joint area eventually they form hard lumps inside and outside the affected joint causing pain and inflammation.
Gout prohibits the ability of the body to process uric acid, as it also an inherited abnormality which means that genetic or heredity plays a role in having this type of arthritis. People who have trouble processing their uric acid can lead to other complications inside the body such as blockage of uric acid crystals or developing kidney stones. These things will form a blockage in the filtering tubules of the kidneys that can eventually lead to failure of the kidneys and painful arthritis.
Symptoms for gout includes Joint Pain, swelling, red color around the joint, and having joints that are warm and tender to the touch. It normally attacks small joints such as the fingers and toes. People afflicted with gout can also have a Fever, especially when their gout becomes acute and the onset can last for weeks or even months. Gout can also attack larger joints like elbows, ankles, wrists, and knees. The pain can sometimes be so intense that it can eventually become disabling and debilitating. Performing normal or regular life activities will be very difficult and challenging.
Symptoms of Gout
It is essential for people exhibiting these symptoms to consult a medical professional for proper diagnosis. Gout is very treatable and the market today is filled with medicinal products and medications to properly treat gout. Conventional pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs are most commonly prescribed to people who have issues with gout. This type of arthritis can be maintained by drinking plenty of fluids, making some dietary changes, cutting down completely from the habit of smoking and drinking. Alcoholic beverages are important to avoid when a person has gout, because it can affect or interfere with the uric acid metabolism in the body causing hyperuricemia.
Medications for gout sometimes can trigger more severe episodes of gout such as aspirin, as this medication can combine with other drugs causing severe and multiple attacks of gout. Aspirin and some over-the-counter drugs can cause retention of uric acid. Diuretics which is a blood pressure medication will be a big issue for people who have gout, as this blood pressure medication can enhance uric acid levels and sugar in the blood, aggravating gout in the process. In addition, Obesity worsens gout, as well as crash diets or rapid weight loss. Uric acid amounts also greatly increases when people have Stress, or are hostile, angry, or overworked. Gout medications should be taken on an ongoing basis and should be properly supervised by a trained medical professional.
The inflammation and pain for gout can be treated by using NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and it is very essential to start treatment as soon as possible. If in case that NSAID is ineffective, direct shots or injection of corticosteroid drug into the affected joint is administered. People who are high risk for recurrent attacks of gout should always bring their medication with them at all times.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan