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Gout

 

Gout is the inflammation of the joints that is caused by too much uric acid in the system.

What to look for

Swelling, inflammation and feeling that the joint is very hot.
Normally it strikes unexpectedly and may recur.
Sudden, intense pain in a joint normally the big toe.

In the middle of the night without warning and for some reason it may strike, a very intense pain in a joint, most often the big toe, but sometimes the other joints. This includes the fingers, knees, thumbs or elbows. The attacks of gout can be unexpected and extremely painful. These attacks may return without warning in weeks, months or other intervals.
It normally strikes middle aged men who is overweight or suffering from high blood pressure.
The body’s reaction to irritating crystalline deposits in the spaces between the bones in a joint is through Gout. In spite of the severe pain at first, gout responds very well it coughed early and with prompt treatment, in mild cases it may be controlled by a diet alone.
Repeated attacks can damage the bones of the joints. The crystals can also collect in the kidneys, causing kidney stones, kidney failure and high blood pressure,
A chronic sufferer of gout may feel tiny crystals of uric acid slats settle in the kidneys, joints and skin. If they are in the kidneys they can lead to painful and potentially dangerous kidney stones.

Causes

 

It is a disorder of the body chemistry in which too much uric acid and its compounds accumulate in the blood. Acid and urate crystals collect in one or more joints, causing attacks of severe pain, swelling and redness.
The factors that can cause this problem include...

A surgical procedure
Reactions to alcohol and certain drugs, including antibiotics
Injury
Periods of stress,
Gout may also accompany psoriasis or anaemia,
Gout may also happen in the presence of some tumors or cancers.
Gout can be inherited and repeated attacks are common if the body’s uric acid levels are not kept under control.

Dietary Considerations

 

You will have to cut out certain protein-rich foods. And you should drink plenty of liquids but this does not include Alcohol you should avoid it. Try to remain within your recommended weight range. Diets which include meat and animal fats are more likely to cause gout, because vegetarians seldom get this disorder with goes to show.
Diets for preventing attacks of gout in people showing a genetic vulnerability to the disease normally eliminates meat extracts and red meat, organ meats, shellfish, yeast and certain kinds of preserved fish, including herring, anchovies and sardines.
There are foods that appears to suppress the immediate symptoms of gout this includes complex carbohydrates, fruits and leafy green vegetables. There are simple carbohydrates, such as those in refined sugar, are more likely to increase uric acid production and should be avoided.
By drinking plenty of clear, nonalcoholic fluids (fresh fruit juices) _ something that is also very good is celery juice, herbal teas, or water helps to dilute the urine and promote flow of uric acid through continued flushing of the kidneys.

When to seek further professional advice

If severe pain in a joint recurs or it lasts for more than a few days.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Aromatherapy: Juniper oil is helpful if you applied it using a compress to the affected area. Do not use this oil if you are pregnant, or if you have liver or kidney problems Rosemary can also be used in a compress or in massage oil. Do not use this essential oil if you are pregnant, epileptic or have high blood pressure.

Herbal Therapy: to help stimulate elimination of uric acid drink an infusion of 2 tsp celery seed or gravel root in a cup of water, three times a day. You can also speak to your pharmacist or naturopath about taking charcoal tablets for this condition.

Homoeopathy: Mixed homoeopathic remedies may include dilute doses of Lycopodium, Urtica urens, pulsatilla, arnica, Ledum and benzoicum acidum.

Traditional Treatment

 

To help relieve the strong pain associated with this disease is to take the pressure of the affected joint, other wise it will worsen the pain so it is advised to keep the joint bare.

Ask your doctor for a suitable treatment to keep your uric acid levels under control so that you can prevent continuous attacks. Your doctor will have to monitor the levels of uric acids regularly.
You will do damage to your kidneys if you do not have this condition treated.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22