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The condition inquestion is primarily characterized by the gathering of uric acid crystals inthe area of the joints and in the joints themselves. The primary area of effectis that one big joint of our foot’s biggest finger-group member i.e. the toe thoughit does not stop here, since it is not considered unusual for gout to attackthose other joints of ours – hands, feet, knees, ankles, elbows andwrists. Since its most general mechanism is the same as that of otherrelated conditions, it occurs due to the existence and effect of a certainculprit and is common to certain age and physiological state of a person inquestion. When it comes to gout in the greatest majority of cases (above 90%),it is almost a hallmark of the males in their late 40s and above, and whenhaving women in mind it is most frequent in those which have reached theirmenopause.

The main fact why thiscondition is considered to be rather “tricky” and unpredictable is because itmostly occurs in the middle of the night unannounced and is followed by anextremely intensive pain and swelling in the joints’ area. Among the mostcommon and most frequent culprits of this fairly severe physiological conditionare metabolism irregularities and disorders, which initiate massive productionand storing of uric acid and kidney malfunction, which disables normalfunctioning and discarding of uric acid. Occurrence of various diseasesattacking blood cells and organs, drugs employed in treating elevated bloodpressure and heart disorders (predominantly heart-failure), excessive-overweightrelated problems abuse of alcohol wrong and thus harmful diets, unexpectedailments, injuries affecting joints and least preferred and desirable –chemotherapy are also the causes.

Whenanalysing the symptoms that most often follow this condition we discover thatthey actually progress in the form of four stages: the asymptomatic,acute, intercritical and chronic. Each of these phases is characterized byseparate set of symptoms in the following way:

stage I is characterized by the blood-hightened urate levels and no visible symptoms,stage II is recognized by the unexpected pain in joints, swelling,hot sensation in joints, bruised and reddish look, five to ten days duration,stage III is stage without any symptoms, in between gout-attacks,stage IV is characterized by the constant and unrelenting joint pain, followed by the occurrence of big buildups of urate (uric acid salt), occurrence of sores, joint stiffness and curbedmovability of the joint in question.

Themost effective treatment methods and techniques include most of all embracing aproper and healthy diet, the one which is tailor made for you, variousmedicines and anti-inflammatory drugs as well as corticosteroids andadrenocorticotropic hormones.

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