Gout Pain and Causes
This text will focus on the treatment of the condition called gout, which is a type of arthritis that usually affects the joints of the toes. This type of arthritis can also affect other joints, but it seems to prefer the toes. This problem seems to affect the middle-aged people the most. The gout pain is very acute and serious pain that usually comes during the night, which is why it is good to know how you can relieve this pain with the use of some diet change, remedies, and medications.
The problem of gout happens when the uric acid, formed as crystals, starts to gather in the joint fluid. This problem affects men more, since their levels of uric acid begin to rise during the puberty, while among women the levels start to rise after the menopause. The highest chances of experiencing gout problem have obese people. The pain is the main symptom and it is felt in the joint along with other symptoms that include swelling, stiffening and the redness of the joint.
Once the pain is felt, it will start to rise and this makes visit to the hospital a necessity. If you do not go to the doctor as soon as the pain emerges, it will become worse and harder to treat. When you visit the doctor, he/she will give you anti-inflammatory medications for the pain, since this is the first thing which needs to be treated. Cortisone injections are prescribed in cases in which no pain decrease is experienced after the use of painkillers.
We all know that some medications can have side effects, so people rather turn to home remedies. We will give you several home remedies that can help with the problem of gout and the first remedy we will mention is the ice pack. Put ice cubes in a towel, wrap it around the affected joint, and leave it for 15 minutes. Repeat this after half an hour and it will decrease the pain and the swelling. Epsom salts should be added in the bath water, two cups, and the blood circulation will be increased due to the magnesium in the Epsom salts. You should soak the feet in it until the water gets cold. Also, you can mix one lemon in a glass of warm water and make a good remedy. It helps with the calcium carbonate formation and affects the gout by killing the uric acid. Every day drink this mix. Try taking a mix on honey and apple cider vinegar. Enzymes in the cherries affect the uric acid, so it is good to eat from 8 to 10 cherries during the day. In order to avoid the problem, avoid foods like eggs, shellfish, fatty fish and red meat, since they are high in uric acid. Also, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided. If you are experiencing gout, diet change has to be made. You have to eat fruits, leafy vegetables, and complex carbohydrates, but remember to drink a lot of water.