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Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation, usually in one joint that suddenly occurs.

Gouty arthritis is caused by the deposition of needle-like crystals of uric acid in a joint.

In the UK between one and two in every 100 people are affected by gout.

Causes:

Some of its causes include;

  • Kidney problems
  • Having too much of alcohol
  • Obesity, high blood pressure/ diabetes
  • Having a close relative with gout
  • Eating foods that cause a build-up of uric acid, such as red meat, offal and seafood

Symptoms:

Some of the symptoms of gout include:

  • The joint feeling hot and very tender
  • Red, shiny skin over the affected joint  
  • Severe pain in one or more joints
  • Swelling in and around the affected joint

 

Treatments:

Some of its treatments are;

  • Using ice packs, taking medications in order to relieve the symptoms during the pain.
  • By changing the lifestyle such as losing weight, changing your diet and taking medications that lowers uric acid levels can help prevent further attacks.

 

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