Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gout In Depth

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and causes inflammation of the joints.  There are 2 types, chronic and acute. 

  • Acute Gout is a painful condition that often only affects 1 joint.
  • Chronic Gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation.  More than 1 joint may be affected. 
Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body.  This may occur if: 

  • Your body makes too much uric acid
  • Your body has a hard time getting rid of uric acid
If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form.  These crystals cause the joint to swell and become inflamed.  The exact cause is unknown.  Gout may run in families.  The problem is more common in men, in women after menopause, and people who drink alcohol.  The may also develop in people with:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell anemia and other anemias
  • Leukemia and other blood cancers
People on such medicines as hydrocholothiazide or "water-pill" may have issues because it affects the body's ability to rid itself of uric acid.  If you have a flare up take medicine for Gout as soon as possible.  If you have any of the symptoms and/or risk signs, please contact your health care provider for an appointment.  Stay Informed!  

More information about Gout

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