The symptoms of gout may be slightly different in each person, but there are some common indications of gout that are seen in many people who have this type of arthritis.
The swelling caused by gout, may be red and quite hot, and is often the first of the gout symptoms that you may notice.
This is a highly distressing symptom, as there is commonly extreme pain accompanying the swelling.
It is important to understand what causes gout, as once you know what the causes of gout are, you can make lifestyle changes to prevent it happening in the future.
This health problem used to be more common in older people and was labelled 'the rich man's disease', as it related to eating rich food and drinking an excess of alcohol.
Now more younger people are now getting it, and ninety percent of those with gout are male. It is now common for it to affect younger people, as young as in their thirties, although statistically it is most common in men in their forties and fifties.
What is gout? Many people are not aware that gout is a type of arthritis, that happens as a result of uric acid build up. This uric acid build up often happens because your body is not producing enough of a digestive enzyme called uricase.
The role of uricase is to oxidise uric acid which is quite insoluble, and turn it into a more soluble composition.
So if the uric acid does not dissolve it will collect in the body, and this massed uric acid will crystallize.
The uric acid in the blood has to go somewhere and it deposits in tissues and in the joints where it becomes a problem.
The gout crystals are often very sharp, like little stabbing needles inside your joints.
It is common for gout to begin in the big toe, and it can look and feel very bad.
This is an extremely painful condition, and a close friend who had gout told me it is like having a fire in the joint.
The area is usually red and inflamed, and the skin may be hot and very sensitive to touch, and may resemble an infection, without infection being present.
It can come on quite suddenly, and often at night without any advance warning, and may be accompanied by fevers and chills.
The cause of gout commonly relates to a diet high in a type of natural compound called purine.
Purine occurs in a number of foods, and this is a big contributor to the formation of uric acid.
Foods such as meat and gravy are common culprits in many peoples diets.
Many other foods also contain purine, and by eating these foods that contain high amounts of purine you may end up with a build up of uric acid in your body.
Uric acid has a reason and function in your body, and of itself is not harmful. The role of uric acid is as an antioxidant, and it is only when you end up with too much in your body that it causes issues.
In some men the problem may relate to genetic factors, but it far more common for it to relate to diet. A gout attack can occur quite suddenly, and as it is so painful, it is not pleasant to experience.
If the conditions are there for it to occur, including drinking too much and/or eating rich food and obesity, you may find that a painful gout episode may occur caused by these factors.
What causes gout attacks? These painful attacks often occur in the night and may follow an event such as eating a rich meal.
Specific foods that are known to cause gout are red meats or other foods that contain purine, drinking too much alcohol and even the use of certain drugs or even taking vitamins such as niacin.
Crash dieting is also a cause of the sudden onset of a painful gout attack, so make sensible changes to your diet.
While there are a number of home remedies for gout, changing your diet to remove purine rich foods is the first step in how you can prevent gout.
So if you are overweight and have already had a gout attack, it is very likely that it will happen again within a year. If you have already experienced the painful symptoms of gout, or if you are a male and other members of your family have had it, look at your lifestyle and consider if you are at risk.
Consider using natural gout remedies that may help you to eliminate the uric acid in your system.
There are some advantages of using potassium to aid gout pain as it helps to keep uric acid in solution in the blood, so that it does not form the painful crystals in the joints.
Using natural sources of potassium, including foods containing potassium such as salmon and quite a few other foods, in good amounts in your daily diet, can be highly beneficial.
For many years apple cider vinegar has been used in gout home remedies as well as to assist other conditions involving damage to the joints of your body with excellent results.
There are a number of herbal remedies to aid gout that have been used successfully and some of these are well known as home remedies for gout.
Have you heard about Quercetin and how it can benefit your health? This is a valuable antioxidant that helps gout, and is found in apples, citrus fruit and various vegetables.
There are a number of benefits of grape seed extract, yucca plants, celery seed as well as quercetin, all natural remedies that may help your healing.
The important thing for you to do is to take action as soon you become aware that you have the symptoms of gout. Making lifestyle changes and following the gout diet can help you to get rid of gout.
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