Dealing with gout
Gout refers to the common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by increased level of uric acid in the circulatory system. Uric acid is produced when your body breaks down purine from your own DNA or it may also come from your high-purine diet. Pregnant women and people with lymphoma, cancer, hemolytic anemia, and leukemia also have high levels of uric acid. These urate crystals from uric acid build up in the joints like hands, wrists, ankles and feet causing pain, tenderness, swelling, and other discomforts.
Dealing with gout consists of managing inflammation and reduction of uric acid. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease the swelling and pain on your joints. There are also drugs used to increase the removal of uric acid and to block its production.
Below are some tips on avoiding outburst and dealing with gout:
- Avoid drinking alcohol like wine and beer which are high in purine.
- Avoid high purine foods like mushrooms, herring, asparagus, red meat, beans and dark and leafy vegetables.
- Consume low-fat dairy products as protein alternatives and a protective shield from gout.
- Drink more than 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and consequently maintain the right level of uric acid.
- Eat vegetables and fruits that are not high in purine like cherries, bananas and blueberries to help reduce uric acid levels.
- Maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise. Excessive weight causes more pressure on your joints and increases your pain. However, fasting and drastic weight loss may also increase your uric levels. It is important to consult a professional with regards to your weight reduction.
Talk to your doctor about the best medication and treatment applicable to prevent gout and decrease your uric acid levels. Please call us at 817-424-3668 or visit www.texasfootdoctor.org for more information on dealing with gout.