What is it?
Gout causes sudden and severe attacks of pain and hypersensitivity, redness, warmth and swelling in some joints. Generally it commits one joint at a time. The joint of the big toe is usually the first.
What is the cause?
What are the symptoms?
Episodes develop very quickly; The first episode usually happens during the night.
Episodes may be caused by:
How is it diagnosed?
Treatments may include:
Relative Content of Purine in Common Foods
Group A: foods containing high levels of purine concentration, approximately 150 to 1,000 mg per 100 grams (try to avoid these foods).
Group B: foods containing moderate levels of purine, 50 to 150 mg per 100 grams, which doctors usually restrict to one serving per day.
|Peas (peas or peas)||Spinach|
|Fish (except those mentioned above)|
Group C: foods that contain insignificant levels of purine. These do not affect gout.
|Milk||Sugar and sweets|
|Vegetables (except those mentioned above)|
|Spices and condiments, including salt and vinegar|
|Refined cereals and cereal products|
|Butter and fats (in moderation)|
|Vegetable soups (light)|
Medications to relieve pain and swelling during an acute attack:
Medications to prevent further episodes:
Medications to control uric acid levels:
Who is at risk?
Doctors have observed a relationship between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and gout for decades. The common denominator is to present high levels of uric acid. It is also suspected that this can increase your risk of kidney problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, apnea and cancer.