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Gout

Tips to handle Gout

 
Gout is a condition involving sudden pain in joints, coupled with redness and tenderness. Gout is considered a complex type of arthritis, which can affect both genders. A sudden gout attack can be incredibly painful, especially when experienced on the big toe, which is quite common. The pain can be almost intolerable, even with the lightest touch. Contact the experts of Urgent Clinics Medical Care for quick relief and treatment.
 
GOUT

SYMPTOMS OF GOUT

 
Gout pain is caused when urate crystals accumulate in the joint and cause pain and inflammation. Urate crystals are mostly formed due to high levels of uric acid in the body.

While gout attacks can happen at anytime, the attacks are more common at night. You may waken to sudden pain around the knees, toe, ankles and wrists. Some common symptoms include

  • Unexpected and concentrated pain in joints
  • Discomfort, even with the slightest of touch
  • Redness and swelling
  • Joints may appear to be tender and warm

With the progression of gout, there may be additional symptoms such as issues with movement.
 

HOW TO TREAT GOUT?

 
The treatment of gout requires medication, and therefore, it is always a good idea to see a healthcare professional. In addition to prescribing medicine for acute attacks, your healthcare expert will also offer additional treatments and recommendations to prevent future attacks and reduce complications related to the condition. Over-the-counter and anti-inflammatory medications may be given to reduce pain. Prescriptions such as colchicines are used for the treatment of gout, while use of corticosteroid medications is also common.
 

SHOULD I SEE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER?

 
For any kind of sudden and intense pain in the joints, a healthcare professional should be called right away. Gout needs medical attention at the onset, because when ignored, the consequences can be damaging, and joint pain can worsen. If fever accompanies gout, there are chances of an infection. Joint pain, swelling and warming with fever requires immediate medical care.
 

HOW TO PREVENT GOUT?

 
Depending on the age of the patient, a medical professional may suggest dietary recommendations. Fluid intake should be increased and patients are advised to avoid alcohol as much as possible. It is advisable to reduce meat intake, and protein should be derived from low-fat dairy products. Exercise is also very important, especially to maintain body weight, which assists in reducing the pain associated with gout.


 
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