At Home Treatments for Gout
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
In addition to the medication your doctor has prescribed to treat your gout, there are simple home treatments you can use to reduce or prevent the pain of a gout attack. If you have gout, consider how you can integrate the following suggestions into your daily routine.
What is gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that is characterized by stiffness, burning, or swelling in a joint. Gout has the distinction of being one of the most common ailments recorded throughout history. Over the last two decades, the occurrence of gout has risen to affect 8.3 million Americans. Contrary to past preconceptions, gout is not caused by eating an overabundance of rich foods and alcohol—though such a lifestyle may trigger it. Gout is caused when metabolism problems result in the increased production of uric acid. It can also develop when the kidneys do not remove enough uric acid.
At home treatment
To help prevent a gout attack, assess your current health and determine what habits you can improve. If you are overweight, opt for a diet low in fat, but avoid fasting and extremely low-calorie diets, as these will increase the uric acid produced and could trigger an attack.
If you regularly drink alcohol, decide to limit your intake. Beer is rich in purines and can be particularly harmful to those dealing with gout. Alcohol, in general, can diminish the amount of uric acid that the kidneys release into the urine. This will cause an increase in the amount of uric acid in your body. Meat and seafood are high-purine foods and can increase your uric acid levels as well.
Moderate exercise will decrease the likelihood of a gout attack. If you are not currently engaged in a regular exercise regimen, start one today. If you have a hard time finding the motivation to exercise, join a local gym that offers an array of classes that you are interested in. Or, find a local exercise or hiking group in your area.
Use ice to help reduce swelling and rest the affected area during and 24 hours following an attack. By elevating painful joints, you can reduce the discomfort as well.
Schedule an appointment today
If you suffer from gout or think you might have it, contact Dr. David J. Soomekh at Food & Ankle Specialty Group today. You can contact our office to schedule your appointment at 310.651.2366. Let us help you address how to alleviate your pain caused by gout.
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