Are You Suffering From Gout?
SymtomS : sudden pain, redness, stiffness and swelling in the joint1.
- 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.
- American Academy of Family Physicians ‘Gout and Hyperuricemia’ . Available online at http://www.aafp.org/afp/990215.html. verified on 24 Sep 2007.
- ‘Foot Care – Gout’ Krames Health & Safety Education #911244. The Staywell Company, 2001.
- 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.
- BP Lab ‘Uric Acid & Cholesterol in Foot’. Available online at http://www.bdhealthcare.com/public_html/brochures/Combined.htm verified on 24 Sep 2007.