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Gout Treatment

Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by recurring attacks of inflammatory joint pain. The disorder is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, resulting from an accumulation of uric acid crystals precipitated out of the blood and deposited in the joints, where they cause inflammation. Gout affects approximately 1% to 2% of people worldwide, but it has become more common.

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Things you should know before your visit

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:● Severe pain● Fever

What to expect at your visit

● We will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, examination and provide a personalized treatment plan for you.● You may need testing. Please note that additional charges apply for these tests. ● By the end of your visit, your provider will have provided education and arrange for an electronic summary of services provided.

What causes gout?

Normally, the body gets rid of a waste product called uric acid in the urine. If too much uric acid builds up in the body, it forms crystals that cause gout. Gout symptoms include pain and inflammation of joints, particularly one's big toe. In some cases, a build-up of uric acid can also form kidney stones or crystals that deposit into the urinary tract and cause bleeding.
Risk factors for gout include:• Alcohol intake• Certain medications• Crash diets• Dehydration• Food high in fructose (fruit sugar)• Inherited traits• Joint injury• Red meat• Shellfish• Stress• Sudden infection• Sugary drinks

What are the symptoms of gout?

The symptoms of gout are sudden attacks of pain, tenderness, redness and swelling in the joints. They usually affect the big toe first but can also affect the heel, ankle, knee, hand or wrist. Attacks often come in cycles.

How to treat gout?

Pain relief is achieved by helping your body get rid of the crystals that cause the problem.If you think you have gout and are having an acute attack, do not wait, seek help at Mountain Mobile Medicine.