A Bout with Gout !!!

Posted by pallavi-78 on Wed, Aug 28, 2013  
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You got up in the morning, with a  reddish  tinge on your Big  toe and  excruciating  pain without any known physical trauma to the toe.


Think again !!!  You just might be having a bout with gout.


Gout is caused by a chemical called uric acid in your blood stream. It causes attacks of painful inflammation around your joints. It is usually caused by a high percentage of uric acid  which turns into minute crystals and accumulate near a joint.  Now the work of these crystals is to irritate the tissues in the joint causing immense pain.


There could be varied causes which trigger gout.


  • High intake of alcohol can raise uric acid level
  • Insufficient  Vitamin C  supplement in your diet
  • Intake of aerated cola drinks, as they are high in fructose
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Kidney disorders


To reduce the pain try wrapping an icepack or ice cubes in a towel and applying it on the affected area.


An anti-inflammatory drug would help


By changing your lifestyle, you can prevent yourself from a gout attack


Try losing that excess weight , which  in turn reduces uric acid level


Eat healthy and avoid high intake of protein foods which are rich in  Purine. (many organ foods like liver spleen, sweet breads)


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