Eating meat increases sharply with the blessed Eid Al-Adha due to its nature associated with the slaughtering and eating of sacrifices, and one of the main causes of gout is eating red meat in abundance, and gout is a general term for a variety of conditions caused by the accumulation of uric acid, this accumulation usually affects the feet.
If you have gout, you may feel swelling and pain in your joints, especially your big toe, sudden and severe pain, or gout attacks, that can make you feel as if your foot is burning.
In the next report, we review everything you need to know about gout, according to the Healthline website.
Symptoms of gout
Some patients have a lot of uric acid in the blood, but there are no symptoms. This is called asymptomatic gout.
Symptoms of acute gout come quickly from the accumulation of uric acid crystals in your joint and continue for 3 to 10 days, where you feel severe pain and swelling and your joint may feel hot, between gout attacks you will not have any symptoms.
If not treated with gout, it may become chronic, these deposits can permanently damage the joints.
Prompt treatment is important to prevent gout from becoming a chronic disease.
Causes of gout
The buildup of uric acid in the blood causes the breakdown of purines to cause gout.
Some conditions, such as blood disorders, metabolism or dehydration, cause the body to produce a lot of uric acid.
A kidney or thyroid problem, or a genetic disorder, can make it harder to remove excess uric acid from the body.
You’re more likely to develop gout if:
You are a middle-aged man or a menopausal woman.
You have parents, siblings, or other family members with gout.
Eat lots of foods rich in purine, such as red meat, raw meat, and some fish.
Take medications such as diuretics and cyclosporine.
You have diseases such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes or sleep apnea.
Diet is the cause in some people with gout.
Diagnosis of gout
Your doctor can diagnose gout based on a review of your medical history, physical examination, and symptoms. Your doctor is likely to base your diagnosis on:
Your description of joint pain.
How many times have you suffered from severe pain in your joint.
The extent of redness or swelling in the area.
Your doctor may order a test to check for a buildup of uric acid in your joint.
A sample of the fluid taken from the joint can indicate whether it contains uric acid.
Your doctor may also want to have an X-ray on your joint.
If you develop symptoms of gout, you can start by seeing your primary care doctor. If the gout is severe, you may need to see a specialist in joint diseases.
Left untreated, gout can eventually lead to arthritis, this painful condition can permanently damage and swell the joint.
The treatment plan your doctor recommends depends on the stage and severity of gout.
Medicines to treat gout work in one of two ways: they relieve pain and reduce inflammation, or prevent future gout attacks by lowering uric acid levels.
Gout pain relievers include:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin (Bavrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) colchicine (Colcris, Metegari)
Medications that prevent gout attacks include:
Xanthine oxidase inhibitors such as allopurinol (lopurin, xyloprim) and feboxostat (Ulurek), probenecid (propalan).
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of future gout attacks, for example, your doctor may encourage you to:
Reducing alcohol intake.
Medicines and lifestyle changes are not the only way to treat gout.
Food to be avoided for the treatment of gout
Some foods are naturally high in purines, which break down in your body into uric acid.
Most people do not have a problem with high-purine foods, but if your body has difficulty releasing excess uric acid, you may want to avoid these foods and drinks:
Sugar-sweetened drinks and foods containing fructose can also be a problem, although they do not contain purine.
Some foods help reduce uric acid levels in the body. Know which foods are good choices if you have gout.
Apple cider vinegar.
But simply eating these foods may not be enough to treat gout.