How to live with gout

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Gout is a common and painful type of arthritis (swelling in one or more joints). It usually first appears on a big toe or lower extremity.

But other joints can also be affected. Most types of gout are treatable, especially if caught early.

Gout is more common in men. It usually doesn’t appear in them until middle age. Most women develop gout after menopause.

Gout attacks often start suddenly at night and are accompanied by severe pain that can wake you up. Usually only one joint is affected. It can feel swollen, red, warm, and stiff. The flare-ups usually get better within a few weeks.

If left untreated, flare-ups can occur more frequently and last longer. They can be triggered by certain foods, alcohol, some medications, or illnesses.

Treatment plans are based on the symptoms and cause of your gout. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can help reduce pain and swelling during flare-ups.

Lifestyle changes can also help you manage gout and reduce flare-ups. A heart-healthy diet can help. Also, avoid alcohol, red meat, and seafood to reduce the risk of gout attacks.

Losing excess weight can help minimize the number of flare-ups you have.

How to deal with gout

Treating gout requires a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and self-care strategies. Here are some steps you can take to effectively manage gout:

Consult a doctor: If you suspect you have gout or have been diagnosed with gout, consult a doctor.

They can provide an accurate diagnosis, prescribe medication and provide personalized advice tailored to your specific situation.

Medications: Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat gout. Commonly prescribed medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, and corticosteroids.

These drugs help reduce pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with gout attacks.

Your doctor may also prescribe medications to lower uric acid levels long-term, such as xanthine oxidase inhibitors (eg, allopurinol) or uricosurics (eg, probenecid).

Lifestyle changes: Certain lifestyle changes can help prevent gout attacks and reduce their severity. Consider the following:

Dietary changes: Limit consumption of purine-rich foods, including offal, shellfish, red meat, and certain types of fish (e.g., anchovies, sardines). Avoid high fructose corn syrup and limit your alcohol consumption, especially beer, as it can increase uric acid levels.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush uric acid out of your body.

Weight Management: Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if necessary, as obesity is associated with an increased risk of gout.

Exercise regularly: Exercise regularly, such as B. Light exercise like swimming, walking or cycling to maintain a healthy weight and promote general well-being.

Limit alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of gout attacks. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation and avoid binge drinking.

Avoid Dehydration: Dehydration can contribute to gout attacks. Therefore, drink enough fluids throughout the day, especially water.

Avoid Triggers: Identify and avoid specific triggers that can lead to gout attacks, such as: B. certain medications, stress and joint injuries.

Cold and heat therapy: Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the affected joint can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain during acute attacks of gout.

Conversely, using heat therapy, such as warm towels or heating pads, can help relax muscles and improve blood flow between attacks.

Protect joints: During gout attacks, it is important to protect the affected joint. Resting and not putting pressure on the joint can reduce pain and speed recovery.

Educate yourself: Learn more about gout, its triggers, and treatment strategies.

Understanding the condition will help you make informed decisions and take appropriate action to effectively prevent or treat gout attacks.

Remember, it’s important to work closely with your doctor to develop a customized gout treatment plan based on your specific needs and medical history.

If pain is important to you, read studies about how common painkillers can make arthritis inflammation worse, and how new drugs can help treat hand osteoarthritis.

Further information on the topic of wellness can be found in current studies Krill oil could improve muscle health in the elderlyand scientists are finding a major cause of common arthritis.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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