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What Is Gout? (Understanding Gouts symptoms, causes and treatment)

Friday, September 30, 2011
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What Is Gout? (Understanding Gouts symptoms, causes and treatment)A typical case - When Navin reported to his general physician, he had already been suffering from pain in his big toe for some months. Now it was red, all swollen and very tender to touch. He would wake up in the middle of the night feeling as though his toe was on fire. After a thorough check up and taking his medical and family history the doctor prescribed some tests. His doubts were confirmed when the lab reports came in- Navin was suffering from gout. His uric acid levels were unusually high. He also had a genetic predisposition to the disease as his father had suffered on and off from gout for years.

So, what is Gout? Gout is a type of arthritic inflammatory joint disease that causes sharp pain, redness, tenderness and swelling. Gout is more common in overweight men and post menopausal women (there are more than 100 types of arthritis), characterized by sudden, severe / sharp attacks of pain, redness, inflammation and tenderness in the joints (the place where two bones meet).



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13 October, 2011 | Sheshadri T N | Reply

Sheshadri T N Can Gout occur in vegetarians too. There is common notion that vegetarians do not get sufficient proteins for the vegetarian diet and that only people who eat non-veg foods have high Uric Acid levels?

17 October, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Genetics plays an important role in the occurance of gout. Alcohol consumption and diet are also responsible. There are many vegetarian foods which contain high amounts of purines which get converted to uric acid. These are all reasons why vegetarians too are at risk for developing gout.

11 October, 2011 | Sandeep | Reply

Sandeep What is the difference between gout & arthritis?

12 October, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Mr Sandeep
Arthritis is a general term used to describe a condition in which inflammation occurs in joints. Causes are usually either autoimmune or wear and tear. Gout is a kind of arthritis. It is triggered by the presence of uric acid crystals. Both are characterised by redness, swelling, warmth, pain, and reduced function.

07 October, 2011 | vijay kumar jaiswal | Reply

vijay kumar jaiswal liked the article. No doubt good information,send the treatment with homeopathy.thanks

05 October, 2011 | Dr.Rajni Tatia | Reply

Dr.Rajni Tatia Great article,Thanks for sharing

05 October, 2011 | Boots No 7 Protect And Perfect | Reply

Boots No 7 Protect And Perfect Great article and thanks for sharing the Gout problem....

01 October, 2011 | Abhinav | Reply

Abhinav Is there any relation between Hypothyroidism and Gout?

04 October, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Abhinav, yes studies have reported a higher prevalence of gout in people with hypothyroidism.In fact low levels of thyroid hormone may even trigger gout. On the other hand there is also some evidence to suggest that hyperthyroidism (high levels of thyroid hormone) can increase uric acid levels, although not to the degree that low thyroid hormones levels do.

01 October, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar In Patients predisposed to developing gout, certain conditions can precipitate acute attacks of the same. These conditions include dehydration, injury to the joint, fever, excessive eating, heavy alcohol intake, and recent surgery.
Conditions where you can observe changes in the body-fluid balance. Compelling oneself to drink plenty of water can reduce this risk.

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