A very common form of health illness that affects many
people the world over is that of gout. It is more prevalent in
developed countries and is more common in men than in women. Gout
is usually caused when there is crystallization of uric acid that
then settles on the joints. Although uric acid is usually eliminated
from the body, many people experience problems that lead to inflammation
of the joints.
The most common initial symptoms of gout include redness, swelling
and hotness in the joints. One might experience severe pain in
the big toe which is the first symptom of gout. Other areas of
the body such as the knees, wrists, elbows, feet and ankles are
also some of the more likely affected body parts. Gout is quite
painful and at times, the pain can be so unbearable that simply
placing a bed sheet over the body can result in pain.
Usually there are two ways in which gout can arise. The first
is in the case that the body produces an excess of uric acid and
the other is when the body cannot effectively get rid of any uric
acid that is present.
Gout related symptoms can
be brought about by various factors. Factors such as being overweight,
gender, diet, genetic predisposition, alcohol consumption have
an important bearing on whether a person would suffer from gout.
At the same time, if one parent has had gout, then chances are
that the child would also suffer from it. A person’s diet
also plays a very important part in the outbreak of gout. Having
red meat, alcohol and lentils tend to encourage the development
of gout.Although after a few days, the outbreak of gout can dissipate,
one might still feel some discomfort. One is advised to change
his or her diet so as to prevent the future outbreak of gout.