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WHAT IS GOUT?Have you been awakened at night by a hot, painful feeling in your big toe or ankle?
Did the painful joint appear swollen and red (inflamed)? These can be symtoms of a gout attack. Gout is a disease that affects the joints. Left untreated, it can lead to painful foot deformity and even kidney problems. The good news is that by treating gout early, you can relieve pain and help prevent future problems. Gout can usually be trated with medication and proper diet. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.
WHAT CAUSES GOUT?
Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid (a waste product made by the body). The uric acid forms crystals that collect in the joints, bringing on a gout attack. If you have many gout attacks, crystals may form large deposits called tophi. Tophi can dame joints and cause deformity.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR GOUT?Men are more likely to have gout than women. But women can also be affected, mostly after menopause. Some health problems, such as obesity and high cholesterol, make gout more likely. And some medications, such as diuretics (“water pills”), can trigger a gout attack. People who drink a lot of alcohol are at risk for gout. Certain foods can also trigger a gout attack.
FOODS THAT TRIGGER A GOUT ATTACK.
To help prevent a gout attack, avoid these foods:
- Alcohol (beer, red wine).
- Certain meats (red meat, processed meat, turkey).
- Organ meats (kidney, liver, sweetbread).
- Shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp, herring, mackerel).
TREATING GOUT ATTACKS
Gout attacks are painful and often happen more than once. Taking medications may reduce pain and prevent attacks in the future. There are also some things you can do at home to relieve symptoms.
Your doctor may prescribe a daily long-term control medication to reduce levels of uric acid. This may help prevent gout attacks. Other medications can help relieve pain and swelling during an attack. Be sure to take your medication as directed.
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