More than 8 million people suffer from recurrent attacks of tender, hot, red, and swollen joints. Among them are a lot of famous actors, athletes, and writers. In fact, Benjamin Franklin missed many meetings that were held to draft the Declaration of Independence because of gout.
So you don’t have to miss out on things, Smartzune.com collected some tips that can help you ease the pain of a gout attack.
What is gout?
Medically, gout is easy to describe — it’s a joint inflammation (usually, in the big toe) which is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. The pain that the person experiences is excruciating. Take a closer look at your lifestyle, the reason why you have the attacks in the first place could be hiding there.The majority of gout cases are treated with medication. Medication can be used to treat the symptoms of gout attacks, prevent future flares, and reduce the risk of gout complications such as kidney stones and the development of tophi.
Commonly used medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, or corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation and pain in the areas affected by gout and are usually taken orally.Medications can also be used to either reduce the production of uric acid (xanthine oxidase inhibitors such as allopurinol) or improve the kidney’s ability to remove uric acid from the body (probenecid).Without treatment, an acute gout attack will be at its worst between 12 and 24 hours after it began. A person can expect to recover within 1 to 2 weeks without treatment, but there may be significant pain during this period.