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What Causes gout?

What causes gout?

Gout comes from having too much uric acid in the body.  This is medically called hyperuricemia.  The excessive uric acid crystallizes in the joints causing intense pain and swelling.  Usually this happens in the big toe, although it can happen in other joints including fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.  Gout can also happen in the false joints of the feet.

High uric acid levels can be caused by either eating high levels of foods with purines or by the kidneys not being able to properly get rid of the uric acid crystals therefore increasing their levels.

Gout mostly occurs in men usually over the age of 30, although men in their 20’s have been known to get gout.  While it does happen in women it is fairly rare.

It used to be known as the disease of kings because in the middle ages most of those who were susceptible to gout were usually the well to do.  They were the only ones who could really afford to buy and eat high purine foods.  They just figured it was due to rich foods.  When they did get gout, they would unknowningly make their condition worse by drinking wine to ease the pain.  Alcohol actually makes the pain worse.

Foods that can cause gout are games foods such as venison and rabbit.  Also, beef is famous for causing gout.  Some high purine foods such as chicken are usually not cited as having caused gout except in certain people.

Most of the common attempts to get rid of gout include prescription medicines such as allopurinol.  Once an attack begins, most people take either Indomethacin or colchicine.

There are many home remedies you can use.  Some people use baking soda, some focus on fruits and vegetables high in vitamin c and potassium.  Most efforts focus on reducing swelling and foods that turn the uric acid crystals into liquid.

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