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.
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
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
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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