Gout

  • Deposits of uric acid causing inflammation of the joints
  • Most often affects the big toes and feet
  • Symptoms may occur suddenly and include joint pain and swelling
  • Cause may be due to high uric acid, certain medications, alcohol intake or certain medical conditions
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males or females after menopause
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age and elderly
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe and extremely painful
  • Can result in damage to the joints

  • Rest the joint while symptoms persist and for 24 hours after symptoms ease
  • Elevate affected joint
  • Keep affected joint bare, even while sleeping
  • Limit intake of red meat, seafood, organ meats, anchovies, asparagus, spinach and dried beans
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Increase your intake of complex carbohydrates and low-fat dairy products
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendation for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

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