If you believe that you may be suffering from arthritis, it might be important to understand this condition better because you may actually be suffering from a more painful type of the known as Gout.  This is a relatively new term, in this day and age because it had almost disappeared, although it has been around for centuries.  In fact, it plagued the Royals in the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Both arthritis and Gout can affect any joint in the body, but Gout primarily affects the joint of the big toe, causing severe attacks that come on quite suddenly.  There is usually tenderness and redness in the joints affected, and more often than not, the attacks come on at night when you are sleeping.

Who can be affected by Gout?

The truth is, anyone can get Gout, both men and women.  Women are more susceptible to it after they have gone through menopause.  Royalty was often inflicted with Gout due to their rich diets.  That means that along with treatment and some lifestyle changes, it is possible to avoid any recurrence.

What causes gout?

It is a direct result of high levels of uric acid in the blood which happens naturally in the body but also occurs in certain foods.  The uric acid turns into urate crystals. The crystals that form become sharp and pointed and settle in the joints and the surrounding tissues, hence the extreme pain.  The foods that people should look out for are anchovies, asparagus, herring, mushrooms, and organ meats.  Alcohol can also worsen the condition and put you at a higher risk of developing it.  Other possible causes include heredity, gender, age, other health conditions such as chronic diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and more.

Complications

Thankfully, there are no serious complications that are associated with this condition.  The only problem is that they can make future gout attacks much worse, and the pain can be so unbearable that seeking treatment is the only logical thing to do.

Medical Treatment

Treating gout is usually done by medication, and the typical drugs prescribed to include noninflammatory drugs, pain relievers like naproxen and ibuprofen, Colchicine, corticosteroids, and xanthine oxidase inhibitors, to reduce uric acid in the body.

Natural Home Remedies

As mentioned above, a tweak in one’s diet can actually improve gout,  so it is important to start by increasing the amount of fluids taken in each day.  Basically, you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water and another eight glasses of other fluids.  Of course, all these fluids can be water just the same.  Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume or avoided altogether.  Cut down your intake of red meat and opt for healthier sources of protein like legumes, tofu, eggs, and touch.  You can continue to enjoy fish and poultry but limit it to a maximum of 6 ounces each day.