Gout is a type of arthritis which develops because of high levels of uric acid in the blood. This acid can build up and form crystals which irritated the joints. The condition can cause severe episodes of tenderness, swelling, pain, redness, and warmth. When the uric acid levels in the blood continue to be high, the person can develop chronic gout. The attacks can become more frequent and may not go away with the usual treatment. Gout is more common among men. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes can increase your risk of developing the condition.
Gout is more likely to develop if:
When a person is suffering from an acute gout attack, doctors will try to get the swelling and pain under control. To help relieve symptoms patients should:
Corticosteroids are also used to treat the inflammation and can be taken orally or injected into the affected joint. Medications which lower uric acid levels are also available. The doctor will prescribe these medications after the attack has finished. If you are dealing with gout, contact the office to go over treatment plans with the doctor.