Natural Gout Treatment
Gout is a complex kind of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in your joints. This buildup of uric acid will cause sharp and knife like crystals to form around your joints, especially those in your big toe. These crystals will tear and cut into your joint tissues which can cause a great deal of pain to anyone who has gout. Fortunately, gout is a completely curable and the gout pain is completely manageable. There is little that can be done in order to prevent gout from forming in your joints due to the fact that the mechanism through which it works is not completely understood. There are a few preventative measures that you can take in order to help prevent gout, but if it does set in plenty can be done to treat gout.
The goal of gout treatment is to attack the current outbreak and prevent any future outbreaks of gout. This can be done through medication and lifestyle changes. Some of the medications that are used in gout treatment include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This particular type of drug has the ability to control and lessen inflammation and pain in people who are suffering from gout. These drugs are usually prescribed in a large amount at first in order to get rid of an initial attack of gout, and then once the symptoms have subsided the dosage will be lower.
- Colchicine. Some patients will be unable to take NSAIDs if they are at risk, or already have ulcers or other internal injuries. This medication is very effective at reducing the symptoms of gout soon after the symptoms appear. Unfortunately this drug is associated with some severe side effects that include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
- Corticosteroids. This class of medication is extremely effective in fighting the symptoms of gout by controlling inflammation. These may be administered in a pill form or it can be injected directly to the joint that is causing the pain. This kind of drug is typically used for patients who cant take NSAIDs or Colchicine due to adverse affects of the side effects. These drugs have the most severe side effects that cause weak bones and poor wound healing. For this reason, doctors try and keep their patients on it for the shortest time possible.
Along with gout medication, there is a great deal that can be done at home to help cure gout and also to prevent it from reoccurring. Many of these changes are simple lifestyle changes that dictate what kind of foods you can or cannot eat, making it a gout diet. Some of the most effective home natural gout treatments include:
- Control your weight. Being overweight can severely increase your risk for gout. If you find that you are obese, try starting a diet that is lower in fat and calories that will help you lose weight. Avoid food that is full of empty and useless calories, and instead look for gout foods rich in vital nutrients and vitamins such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and nuts. Do not fast or eat very low calorie diets as they can create other health issues.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption, especially beer, has the effect of reducing the amount or uric acid your body releases during urination. Beer contains a high level of purines which only promote the buildup of uric crystals that cause gout.
- Limit meat and seafood. Studies have shown that diets that are high in meat and seafood can severely raise uric acid levels in your blood.
- Talk about medications. There are some medications that are used for other diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes and other blood altering conditions that can severely increase your chance of contracting gout. If you feel like you are contracting gout and you are on medications, talk to your doctor about alternative medications that will help prevent gout from occurring in your foot.