Gout has been around for centuries but still a whole lot of people are still asking about the nature and the causes of the gout. So, what is gout? What is the disease all about? Why is it called such a serious critical medical condition? What are the main symptoms and what are the causes that lead to the disease? Let’s have the answers of these questions in this article.
Gout is sort of arthritis. This is known as the metabolic arthritis and the disease affects the joints of the body, the tendons and the tissues surrounding the joints. The disease is caused by the congenial disorder of the uric acid metabolism. In normal cases, our body produces the uric acid normally but they are processed by the kidneys and they are thrown out of the body through the body system. In this way, our body balances the level of the uric acid in the blood. But if there is any problem in the kidneys hinders them to process the uric acid in the blood then the uric acid starts to be deposited in the body. However, the problem can occur from taking too much high purine foods. High purine foods produce much more amount of the uric acid in the blood and sometimes it becomes too much for the kidneys to process them. In such cases, the body cannot get rid of the extra uric acid and the uric acid starts to form the uric acid crystals in the joints areas of the body which in time leads to the problem of the gout.
This is sort of the answer of the question what is gout. But Gout is such a serious medical condition that such definition would simply be an understatement. The disease is very painful and the symptoms are acute and painful too.
The common symptoms of the disease are burning, swelling, redness, warmness and soreness of the skin. Sometimes low degree fever and nausea, vomiting can be some other symptoms of the disease. The most common symptom is the most acute and intolerable pain. Tenderness, redness and the warmness of the skin sometimes become so severe that the patients sometimes cannot bear even the slightest of touch. Sometimes the plain touch of the blanket on the affected feet feels too much to bear for the patients. Sometimes the size of the uric acid becomes so large that they can burst through the skin and the fissures even discharge the chalky white substance. This is yet another serious symptom of the gout. The attack of the gout can last for a few days or it can even last for a few days.
The primary are of target for the gout is the big toe but other joint areas like the feet, the heel, the hip, the knees, wrists and fingers can be the targeted areas. However, almost 75 percent of the people report of the first attack in their big toes.
Gout is a critical disease but proper and timely treatment can prevent the severity of the gout attack with effectiveness.