How to Cure Gout Pain

Wondering how to cure gout pain? There are no cures for gout itself, so you'll need to find ways to manage the pain. Gout is a form of arthritis; in fact, it's the most painful form. It is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. The uric acid forms crystal deposits, which are very sharp. They are deposited in the joints, commonly in the big toes. The uric acid crystals can actually be seen under the skin, where they look like lumps. Uric acid also causes kidney stones if the crystals get lodged in the kidneys. 

Understanding Uric Acid
The body needs uric acid, which is an antioxidant. Sometimes the body increases the amount of uric acid produced and the kidneys do not get rid of the excess. Eating too many foods that are high in purines can also cause uric acid to build up. Having too much uric acid is called hyperuricemia. Not all people who have hyperuricemia develop gout.

Understanding Gout
Gout is more likely to develop if there are other family members that have gout, if you are male, if you are overweight, if you drink a lot of alcohol, if you have an enzyme defect that does not allow the body to break down purines, if you have been exposed to lead, if you have had an organ transplant, if you take too much niacin and if you use diuretics, aspirin, cyclosprine or levodopa.

Gout causes swelling, stiffness in the joints and pain. Though it generally affects the big toe, other common places for gout are the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows. Gout is caused by a number of things, including stress, alcohol and drugs. Certain illnesses may also cause gout.

Managing Gout Pain with Medicine
Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to help cure gout pain, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prednisone or other corticosteroids and colchicine.

You may also be given a long-term therapeutic, such as probenecid. Probenecid lowers uric acid, and is usually prescribed for a younger patient with normal kidney function. Colbenemid is a combination of probenecid and colchicines; it is also usually prescribed for younger people with normal kidney function. Both of these therapies make the kidneys excrete excess uric acid.

Allopurinol lowers the amount of uric acid in the body by reducing the body's ability to produce it. This drug us usually used for patients who excrete too much uric acid in their urine. It may also be used for older patients who have poor or abnormal kidney function.

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