What is gout?
Gout is the most painful type of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. It often leads to attacks of painful inflammation in one or more joints.
What are the causes of gout?
- a family history of gout
- alcohol consumption and eating a high-purine diet
- an enzyme defect that makes it difficult for the body to break down purines
- chronic lead exposure
- diuretics and drugs containing salicylate
- being overweight
- organ transplants
- other health problems e.g. renal insufficiency and other kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and hypothyroidism
How do I know if I have gout?
Gout attacks usually start with a rapid onset of excruciating pain in the affected joint, followed by discomfort, inflammation and redness. For most people, attacks are experienced in the large joint of the big toe. However, gout can also affect the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers but generally affects only one joint at a time.
Attacks subside within 3-10 days and are rarely carried over a few weeks. The following attacks may not necessarily occur over the next few months or years.
What treatments are available for gout?
If not treated over time, gout attacks or flares can last longer and occur more frequently. They may also affect more than one joint in a single attack. Here’s how you can put the effects of a gout attack under control and some of the medications for gout.
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Take colchicine or corticosteroids
However, there are multiple side-effects of taking these medication, including diarrhoea, nausea, cramping, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
- Consume Tart Cherry Juice
Cherries are rich in both vitamins C and A. A regular intake of Vitamin C can help reduce uric acid levels by up to 50 percent, significantly alleviating pain from gout attacks.
- African Potato Cream is a natural herbal remedy used for centuries by the Africans to reduce swelling and inflammation. Available at ilovenatural.store
- Apply pure emu oil on swollen areas
Emu oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce pain in your affected joint.
- Hydrate yourself as much as possible; avoid alcohol and sweet drinks
- Ice and elevate the affected joints