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Learn More about Gout and How to Treat It

A health condition which is recognized as a form of inflammatory arthritis that is characterized by recurrent attacks of swollen, stiff, hot, tender, red, painful and inflamed joint, is called as gout. Gout can be a result of some other diseases or conditions, like kidney disease, heart diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and the pain felt by the patient can be found at the base of their big toes. To be more specific, gout is caused by a higher level of uric acid in the blood, for the uric acid tends to crystallize and the crystals will deposit in the tendons and joints such as the knees, big toe, wrists, fingers and heels, and the surrounding tissues of their joints. Aside from pain, some other signs and symptoms of gout includes fatigue, high fever, hyperuricemia, tophi, urate nephropathy, and kidney stones. Some of the common causes of gout include the lifestyle of the patient, such as eating and drinking foods and drinks that are fructose-sweetened, meat, seafood and alcohol; triggering factors such as surgery and physical trauma; genetic or hereditary; medications such as diuretics, pain relievers, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and angiotensin receptor blockers; and medical conditions, such as lead poisoning, hemolytic anemia, solid organ transplants, myeloproliferative disorders, psoriasis and metabolic syndrome. The doctors are recommending the people who suffers from gout to use or take medication such as steroids, colchicine, and NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and prophylaxis which can prevent the further episodes of gout and it is a number of medications such as febuxostat, probenecid, and allopurinol.

Aside from the medicines or medications advised by medical doctors, the people who suffer from gout can also try using some natural remedies that are commonly found in the kitchen. Examples of the natural remedies or products include apple cider vinegar, ginger root, baking soda, bananas, cold water, Epsom salt, activated charcoal, apples, lemon juice, and cherries which can be found and can be purchased immediately in the local supermarkets. Most of these products have anti-oxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties, and may contain potassium and vitamin C. These natural products can help in reducing the level or amount of the uric acid in their blood by converting the crystals into liquid which can be absorbed by the body, and it can also help in reducing, lessening or alleviating the flare-ups, pain and inflammation caused by gout.

The individuals who wants to treat their gout are also advised to reduce their intakes of soda, sugar, caffeine and alcohol; they should also stay hydrated by drinking lots of water; they should soak the affected area in cold water; and exercise which can help in reducing the severity and frequency of the flare-ups of gouts by reducing the uric acid and normalizing the levels of insulin.