What is Gout?
Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. You get gout when extra uric acid, a normal type of waste your body makes, builds up in your body. Pseudogout has similar symptoms and is sometimes confused with gout. However, it is caused by calcium phosphate, not uric acid. Normally, uric acid travels to your kidneys and leaves your body in your urine. This keeps uric acid levels in a healthy range. When you have gout , you either make too much uric acid or, more commonly , your body can’t get rid of it like it should. As your uric acid levels increase, your risk of gout goes up.
You are more likely to get gout if you:- ·
- Are men
- Have family member with gout
- Drink alcohol
- Are overweight
- Eat a lot of meat and seafood
- Have high blood pressure
- High cholesterol or diabetes
What are the symptoms?
The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness and sharp pain in your toe. You can also get gout attacks in your foot, ankle, or knees. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years. See your doctor even if your pain from gout is gone. The buildup of uric acid that led your gout attacks can still harm your joints.
You should contact your doctor, if you suspect that you have gout in your foot. Diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent joint damage. A doctor can diagnose gout by examining your joints and conducting some tests. A joint fluid test is used to determine if urate crystals are in your joint fluid. Your doctor will use a needle to draw fluid from your joint. Blood tests are used to test for the amount of uric acid in your blood.
Relieving Current Symptoms:
You can visit Med-Ped Health Care, LLC, to receive your medication for the treatment of gout. Doctors most commonly prescribe NSAIDs to treat the immediate pain of gout attack. Our doctors can help you to reduce the pain and swelling in your joints caused by the build-up of uric acid crystals. Once you begin treatment, the doctor will check your blood uric acid levels to see if they’ve gone down. You may have to try more than one medicine before getting your uric acid levels where they need to be.
Ask our doctors in Med-Ped Health Care to help you managing your gout, to replace old habits with new and healthy ones. Ask them about the ways of losing weight if you are overweight. Ask our doctors about the way to prevent future gout attacks and how to control the blood pressure and blood glucose if you are a high blood pressure patient or a patient with diabetes.