Diet with Gout – What causes gout?
Gout results from extremely high levels of uric acid, which actually crystallizes in the joints. Usually uric acid in the blood is not a problem, and many individuals with high levels never experience gout. However, individuals who are overweight, who eat large amounts meat (which contains purines) and who drink alcoholic beverages are at a higher risk. Additionally, those who take certain diuretics (used to reduce water build up) can contract gout.
Gout foods to avoid – Can it be prevented?
Avoid eating daily amounts or large amounts of protein that comes from fatty meat, fish and poultry. Gout foods to avoid include deep fried foods, high fat desserts, fats added to your diet such as oils, butter, salad dressing and margarine. Foods for gout prevention include lean meats and fish, skinless chicken. Other good sources of protein are eggs, peanut butter and tofu. Eat a balanced diet which includes high quality carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits, whole grain bread, pasta and rice. Always drink plenty of water, drink only low fat or skim milk, and avoid alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
What are the symptoms of gout?
Gout is a complex kind of arthritis, which results in a sudden attack of burning pain in a joint. Typically there is redness, stiffness, swelling and tenderness in the joints particularly at the base of the big toe. The attacks will repeat without treatment, and over time there will be damage to tissues, joints and tendons. Men are more likely to get gout, however after menopause women become more susceptible.
When do attacks occur?
Frequently attacks occur at night. There will be swelling in the big toe, and the joint at the base of the toe will feel hot. Even the slightest pressure is excruciating. Gout attacks can also occur in the knees, feet and ankles, the duration of an attack can be a few days or last several weeks. Additional attacks may or may not occur for several months or even years. It is important to not ignore the pain, even after it is gone. Go see your doctor, excessive uric acid can still cause damage to your joints.
How do I know if I have gout?
Your doctor will do a physical exam and will determine if your symptoms indicate gout. If gout is suspected then a blood test will be used to determine the level of uric acid, a fluid sample may be taken from the swollen joint to determine if there are uric acid crystals present.
What are the remedies for gout?
Corticosteroids can be administered by a physician to stop an attack of gout. Another treatment involves a high dose, prescription medicine. A patient will begin to feel better within 24 hours if treatment is administered right away. During an attack, anti-inflammatory medicines including ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain. Aspirin is not used because it can actually raise the level of uric acid. If a medicine is prescribed for lowering the uric acid levels it must be taken consistently and for many people they will need to take it for the rest of their life.
Source by Julie J Kellogg