Talking about Gout it is a sudden inflammation at a joint with severe pain, tenderness and redness causing around the joint area of the big toe, feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows and sometimes soft tissue and tendons. This form of arthritis affects one joint at a time. Health experts believe Gouty arthritis may also cause by the deposition of crystals of uric acid in a joint.
Gouty arthritis can often become chronic with formation of lumps under the skin. The lumps are called tophi. This painful disease tends to traumatize the patients. Gout often affects joints in the lower extremities mostly due to obesity and elevated uric acid level in our blood. Although health practitioners believe a balanced lifestyle can prevent diseases like these.
Diagnosis of Gout:
It is always advised to refer to specially trained physicians, such as a orthopedist, so that they can diagnose and treat gout right. However the most reliable methods of diagnosing Gouty arthritis are by evaluating the simple signs like:
• The attack and its speed of attack.
• How severe the inflammation or the pain is.
• The particular joints affected.
• The number of joints that are affected.
• Most importantly your medical history and of course if you are undergoing any specific medication.
• Your lifestyle, eating and drinking habits.
• Performing lab tests to check the level of uric acid in your bloodstream.
Treatment of Gout:
Apart from living a healthy lifestyle medication is required to subdue the frequent attacks. Medications to lower uric-acid and prophylactic medications during the initial stage will also relieve the patient. Choosing the right diet is also important.
When you include high calorie food in your diet you are at a great risk for a gout attack. Drinking beer, liquor and beverages sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup increases the risk of gout. Fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrate products like whole grains, low fat dairy products and reduce your purine intake as well. Drink lots of water.
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