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How to Treat Gout

How to Treat Gout
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an excess of uric acid in joint
tissue. It is the most common inflammatory arthritis
among men. The treatment of the symptoms that come with
gout (including pain, swelling of the joints, and tophi) is a long-standing battle that
can be won with the right techniques. Part 1 Diagnosing Gout and Understanding Aggravating
Factors 1
Understand the symptoms of gout. Caused by an excess buildup of uric acid,
gout’s symptoms may vary significantly from patient to patient, including development
of chronic gout instead of isolated episodes. By and large, however, gout’s symptoms include:
Warmth, pain, redness, and swelling in a joint of a limb, usually a big toe in the foot,
although it often develops in the ankle or knee. Pain that starts during the night and maintains
an almost unbearable intensity. Peeling or itchiness in the skin around the
affected joint(s). 2
Know the goals of treating gout. Gout comes with several different side-effects
and symptoms. Treating gout often involves understanding
how to treat the different possible aspects of the condition:
End the pain of acute flares. Prevent future attacks. Halt the formation of tophi (masses of urate
crystals deposited in soft tissue). Intercept the growth of kidney stones. 3
Know what causes and aggravates gout. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure. Gout can be triggered and/or aggravated by
a number of different factors: Gout can be triggered by:
Dehydration Heavy eating
Heavy alcohol consumption Injury or recent trauma
Gout can be aggravated by: Obesity and weight gain
Alcohol consumption High blood pressure (hypertension)
High-fructose corn syrup Certain medications Part 2 Treating Gout Attacks
1 Ice the area for 15 minutes at a time. You can reapply the ice pack several times
a day, as long as you rest your skin between applications. Wrap your ice in a towel or put a layer of
fabric in between your skin and the ice. The ice can help relieve pain and swelling. Don’t put ice directly against your skin,
as it can cause damage. 2
Immobilize the joints of the limbs where the gout is bothering you. Elevate the joint, if you can. This should reduce the pain and inflammation
of the joints. Give yourself time to rest and recover. Avoid putting weight on the joint. 3
Take NSAIDs after talking to your doctor. NSAIDs stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, and they refer to common household and prescription items such as ibuprofen,
naproxen, or indomethacin. NSAIDs decrease pain and reduce inflammation. Don’t take any medications without first talking
to your doctor. Follow all instructions on the label. 4
Ask your doctor if colchicine is right for you. Colchicine is a medicine in tablet form that
blocks inflammation caused by uric acid crystals. Colchicine may also be beneficial in reducing
the pain associated with gout for those patients who cannot take NSAIDs, although it can be
taken in combination with NSAIDs. There is some evidence to suggest that taking
colchicine may reduce the chances of future gout attacks. Colchicine is best for attacks with an onset
shorter than 36 hours. You should not take colchicine if you’ve already
taken it in the last 14 days for another acute attack. 5
Take corticosteroids for gout. Corticosteroids for gout reduce many of the
symptoms associated with gout, including pain, redness, and swelling. Corticosteroids should be used when:
You’re dealing with gout in a single joint You’re dealing with a gout attack that does
not respond to NSAIDs Your medical history precludes you from taking
colchicine or NSAIDS such as naxopren 6
Ask your doctor for a treatment regimen for your gout attacks. If you suspect that you’re dealing with the
redness, swelling, and pain of a gout attack, talk with your doctor about following a regimen
when an attack of gout disables you. Your doctor will have a list of activities
that you can follow and medications that you can take. Part 3 Managing Long-Term Complications 1
Begin taking a medicine that reduces levels of uric acid in your blood. See your doctor about reducing your uric acid
by taking certain medicines. These medicines may include:
Urate lowering agents. Urate lowering agents can include febuxostat,
allopurinol, or probenecid. These medications are commonly prescribed
to help manage gout. Uricosuric agents. Uricosuric agents basically supercharge the
kidneys, which in turn help remove excess uric acid. Uricosuric agents have adequate results for
about 75% of patients. Uricosuric agents have adequate results for
about 75% of patients. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors. These types of medicines basically keep a
chemical called xanthine oxidase from forming. Xanthine oxidase is instrumental in helping
uric acid buildup. 2
Watch your weight and get more exercise. Exercise will help you to lose weight as well
as help you deal with the pain that comes with arthritis. 30 minutes a day is all it takes to see improvement. Light walking, aerobic exercise, or strength
training can help you deal with long-term care of gout. 3
Watch what you drink. Alcohol, but especially beer, blocks the release
of uric acid into your urine, causing it to get bottlenecked in your body. Beer, especially, contains a lot of purines,
which are broken down into uric acid eventually. 4
Drink at least 3 litres (0.79 US gal) of fluids each day. It’s best to stick to water. Add slices of oranges, lemons, or cucumbers
to your water for a little flavoring. You can also drink tea or coffee. Alternatively, eat watery foods, such as soups,
fruits, and vegetables. Coffee actually helps lower your uric acid
levels, so it can be a great option for managing your gout. 5
Talk to your doctor about the medications you’re currently taking. Some medication that you are currently taking
may interfere with the medications you’re using to treat gout, in addition to affecting
the amount of uric acid your body produces. Talk to your doctor about any adverse pharmacological
interactions you might be experiencing. 6
Protect your joints. Avoid joint injuries and repetitive movements
that can aggravate afflicted joints. Walk or run on softer surfaces (artificial
track or sand, for example) instead of concrete. Part 4 Using Diet to Treat Gout 1
Stay away from high-risk problem-foods associated with gout. Foods that are at high-risk to worsening your
gout contain purines. Purines raise uric acid levels in your body,
causing the painful joint inflammation. Foods that are especially high in purines
include: Animal organs such as liver, kidney, sweetbreads,
and brains Meats, especially red meats, such as bacon,
beef, lamb, and other gamey meats Anchovies, sardines, scallops, mackerel and
herring Gravy
Beer 2
Limit your intake of food with a moderate amount of purines. Foods that should be consumed with caution
and moderation include: Seafood and fish (other than high-purine seafood)
Oatmeal 3
Enjoy the foods that are especially low in purines. The following foods can be eaten without worrying
about their effect on your uric acid buildup: Green, leafy vegetables
Fruits and fruit juices Processed (non-whole grain) breads and cereals
Chocolate and cocoa Butter, buttermilk, eggs, and cheese
Beverages like coffee, tea, and carbonated sodas
Nuts and assorted nut butters 4
Consider eating foods that reportedly help your gout. Foods that are low in purines don’t necessarily
help your gout. (Neither do they hurt.) The following foods may actually help you
on your quest to stay symptom-free: Nonfat or low-fat milk
Low-fat yogurt

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