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Gout Cures Information
Gout is an extremely painful disease. Anyone who has suffered from this arthritic problem can attest to this fact. Most people looking for the answer to how to cure gout quickly. Unfortunately, quick relief from the pain is very rare unless you are able to realize an attack is about to begin so you stop it before it gets out of control.
Unless you are a chronic gout sufferer, it is unlikely you will be able to tell that a gouty episode is about to occur. While there is no true cure for gout, this hub will inform you of several ways people have used to help relieve their pain and reduce the number of attacks they have received. You can also use this list of foods to avoid with gout to help you reduce the likelihood of an attack.
These methods will revolve around natural as well as medicinal methods of alleviating this often chronic disease.
First of all, how do you even know whether you have this disease? You can't really know unless you have a blood test performed by a physician. The signs and symptoms of this disease can mimic tendenitis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, sprains, and hairline fractures. There also is such a thing as false gout. On the bright side, the modern treatments are often the same regardless of which problem you have.
The major signs and symptoms include sudden onset at night, extreme joint pain, swelling and warmness of the joint to the touch.
Natural Gout Cures
There are several cures for gout you can use to help you either ease your gout pain or reduce your likelihood of having a gouty episode. Here are several natural ones that I have found helpful over the course of the years I have had gout.
Cherries would easily be the most common natural cure for gout. Cherries have several properties that help it get rid of gout. The biggest properties would be anthocyanins which help reduce swelling and vitamin C which studies show can help reduce uric acid levels, the major culprit in causing this problem.
Gout is also known as hyperuricemia due to the common high uric acid content found in gouty joints, so reducing this acid is a common approach to prevention. Some people eat cherries when they are in season and then buy cherry juice out of season. I have found both effective and frozen cherries are also useful out of season.
Fruits tend to be some of the best natural cures for gout due to many of them having vitamin C and potassium. Potassium is beneficial because it helps turn the crystals that cause joint swelling into a liquid that the body can get rid of. Bananas have a good amount of potassium as do pineapples and cherries.
Other natural remedies you can use are herbs. Good herbs for arthritic problems are devil's claw, rosemary oil, yarrow root, nettle, and turmeric. It is important to note that care should be taken with herbs. While some herbs are very safe, some have potential to be deadly if not used properly. Rosemary oil is one of them. Rosemary is topical and should not be ingested as it is poisonous. Make sure you check with a certified herbalist before trying herbs to heal this or any disease.
Medicinal Gout Cures
Modern medicine has made some strides in trying to find a cure for gout. Most medical efforts are geared towards lowering uric acid levels. Although, blood tests are first sought to see what your uric acid levels are. There are a percentage of patients whose uric acid levels are actually normal, but their bodies cannot metabolize the acid properly so it crystallizes and causes the painful attacks.
Probably the most common drug used to help prevent gouty symptoms is allopurinol. Allopurinol can actually cause gout attacks when a person first starts taking it. Because of this, doctors will often prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication just in case.
Febuxostat is another popular drug to help lower serum urate levels, especially in Europe. It is questionable however whether this actually stops gout attacks, though.
As for once an attack begins, two drugs are commonly used, colchicine and indomethacin, often called Indocin. Colchicine has some unpleasant side effects in that you take the drug in its dosage until you start to have the side effects which are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You can overdose on colchicine. Allopurinol is similar to ibuprofen in that is an NSAID or anti-inflammatory medication.
Over the counter options include ibuprofen drugs such as Motrin. Aleve is another popular option. While these will help reduce painful swelling, they will not get rid of the gout itself. The damage is still being done to your joints. It is critical to reduce urate levels. Not doing so will lead to more chronic and painful attacks and will eventually damage or destroy your joints leading possibly to disability.
Tophi which are concentrated deposits can form which tells you that your gout has progressed to the chronic stage. Without treatment you can do damage to your kidneys as well. This is due to the stress the kidneys are placed under by not being able to manage uric acid elimination properly. Kidney stones and eventual renal failure can be the result of not treating this disease.
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Gout Cures Disclaimer
This hub is for informational purposes only. You should always consult your physician when starting a health program to help you overcome illness or disease. I have personally tried most of these methods I've listed and have had varied degrees of success with each, however, each person's medical condition is different and therefore consult a physician. All of the methods described have scientific studies that suggest they may be helpful in either reducing gout symptoms of helping prevent gout attacks.