Are You Suffering From GOUT?

Are You Suffering From Gout?

SymtomS : sudden pain, redness, stiffness and swelling in the joint1.

Why does acute gout occur?2

  • An excess of uric acid in the body form into crystals that collect in the joints..
  • Large deposits of crystals can caouse joint damage and deformity
  • Health problems such as obesity and high cholestrol make gout more likely.

Treatments for Acute Gout.1,3

For acute pain relief and reduction of inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), eg. indomethacin, ibuprofen and etoricoxib, in patiens without complications.

  • Cochicine, one of the oldest treatments for gout administered orally.
  • Corticosteroids (eg. prednisolone) administered intra-articularly, intramuscularly or orally.

Take Change of your Lifestyle for Better Management. 2,4

  •  Avoid alcohol and foods with high uric acid content such as meat (kidney, liver, red meat) and shellfish that trigger gout.
  • Lose weigt if you need to.
  • Control blood pressure and cholestrol.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush uric acid from your body.

DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 References .

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians ‘Gout and Hyperuricemia’ . Available online at http://www.aafp.org/afp/990215.html. verified on 24 Sep 2007.
  2. ‘Foot Care – Gout’ Krames Health & Safety Education #911244. The Staywell Company, 2001.
  3. Drug Digest ‘Gout – How is it treated?’ Availble online at http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/HC/Treatment/0.4047.550206.00.html verified on 24 Sep 2007.
  4. BP Lab ‘Uric Acid & Cholesterol in Foot’. Available online at http://www.bdhealthcare.com/public_html/brochures/Combined.htm verified on 24 Sep 2007.
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