Published on June 16th, 2013 | by Tom0
What is Gout? Causes, Symptoms & Signs of Gout
is considered as an ancient form of inflammatory , and is caused by metabolic disorder that has not been properly controlled. Has gout pinched your limbs? You may have to have some basic knowledge about gout.
Gout is a complex form of, in which crystals of sodium urate produced by the body can form inside joints. So, the joints usually show , redness and tenderness when people suffer sudden, severe attacks of gout. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected (approximately 50% of cases).
Usually, gout is caused by the build-up of uric acid. People suffer from gout can’t pass out enough uric acid and said to be under-excreters of uric acid. Then, the factors lead to the build-up of uric acid may be the causes of gout.
- is a key factor. Avoid getting too much intake of meat and seafood such as heart, herring, sardines, yeast extracts, or mussels.
- Age and gender. aged 30-60 and who have been through the menopause are more likely to get gout.
- Combination effects of other medical problems. Overweight, or may lead to gout
- Drink too much , especially beer.
- Some medicine such as diuretics, aspirin or some chemotherapy medicines seems to increase the level of uric acid.
- Genetics is also a reason for uric acid level variability.
- A sudden, severe attack develops quickly over a few hours and usually during night.
- Joint at the base of the big toe is the main attack area. The attacked area will swell and the nearby skin looks red and inflamed.
- The pain is severe once the gout occurs, and then gradually goes away during the following 1 or 2 week.
- Some people may have fatigue and a high fever.
- The affected joint is difficult to move
- Nodules in the elbows, hands or ears may be the first sign of gout