The human body secretes and uptakes different acids. Some acids are helpful and harmful if they cross the limit in the body. The highest secretion or presence of such acids can lead to the development of diseases in the human body. One of the diseases is Gout.
Gout is a type of arthritis that gives symptoms of painful and inflamed body joints. It is not caused by any specific agent like microorganisms and is caused due to the accumulation of uric acid in the various joints in our body.
As we know, uric acid is one of the excretory or waste products of the human body. Sometimes, due to the metabolism of the person's body or the intake of a high quantity of substances containing uric acid develops into a condition called Gout.
It is mainly related to the joint area of the body.
Generally, Glout is observed in people who consume more rice and wine in their daily diet. Its occurrence is more in men than women. However, Gout, i.e., painful or inflamed joints, can occur in any person irrespective of gender and age.
Gout can also be caused if the person suffers from problems like high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Gout is caused due to the accumulation of high amounts of uric acid in the body. Accumulation of uric acid can be due to several reasons. First, it may be due to the improper functioning of the kidneys, which is not excreting or clearing the uric acid from the body.
The gradual gathering of uric acid can also be due to the heavy intake of foods containing purines since purines can be easily converted into uric acid. There are some examples of food products that have a high amount of purines include the following:
Some other issues that people suffer can also lead to the development of Gout. Those symptoms include:
The persons who get more susceptible to Gout are:
The above-described people can get easily affected by Gout, suffering a lot of pain and inflammation in the joints.
The symptoms of Gout vary from person to person, and it can occur in the body suddenly without any warnings. It affects the body abruptly, in which the severe condition may sometimes lead to deformity in the patient.
Gout symptoms do not stop at one time. It occurs again and again, leading to Chronic Gout. Some of the common symptoms observed in Gout include the following:
Some symptoms of Gout will be similar to other diseases too. And even, Gout can lead to the development of other chronic diseases.
If you are found with any of the symptoms discussed above, you can contact your health care provider or family doctor. A physical exam will be conducted, and the doctor will ask about your health history.
If they cannot diagnose with a physical exam, the fluid sample from the joint area will be taken; arthrocentesis will be followed by checking the presence and amount of uric acid crystals in it.
The treatment of Gout varies with the symptoms, age, and general health of the person. In addition, it may also vary with the severity of the disease.
Generally, lifestyle changes are the primary cause of many diseases. Thus, the treatment and curable measures for getting recovered from Gout include some of the lifestyle changes as given below:
Eating good and healthy foods and regular exercise in our daily life helps to reduce most complications and diseases in the body. Maintaining low uric acid levels can reduce the risk of Gout.