How to treat gout is what immediately comes into our mind if ever we are diagnosed of having one. The joint lining of the sufferer becomes inflamed resulting to severe pain, warmth, tenderness and redness thereby needing an immediate remedy on how to treat gout.
We all dream of having an ideal life without the sufferings and pains of having a disorder. However, the luxuries of life is so tempting that we tend to indulge ourselves in eating foods that can trigger gout.
Gout is caused by high uric acid in the blood that became uric acid crystals in the body joints due to the failure of the kidney to break down waste products called purines.
High purine foods should be avoided like dried beans/peas, shellfish, sardines, anchovies, mushrooms, herring, mackerel and bodily organs of animals namely; brains, hearts, kidneys, gravy and livers. Alcohol beverages should also be included in the list as alcohol limits the efficient function of the kidney; if ever we want to avoid having a gout.
On the hand, there is the hereditary factor that should also be taken into consideration. There is the inability of the kidney to eliminate the uric acid thereby resulting to an excessive build-up called as hyperuricemia.
There is no permanent remedy yet on how to cure a gout. Nevertheless, there is an ongoing scientific study of a new drug that mimics a blood-clearing enzyme not present in humans that can treat serious cases of gout. This is already in its final stage of human testing before a U.S Food and Drug Administration approval is granted.
Hereunder are some of the medicines on how to treat gout in their order of priority in treatment:
1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This is the initial line of treatment and given in high dosage. These include low strength over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and others. If the inflammation is severe enough, a high strength anti-inflammatory prescription drug like indomethacin is given.
2. Colchicine. This is the second line of treatment and given orally or by intravenous injection if NSAIDs fail to control the symptoms. Diarrhea is the common side effect if taken orally.
3. Corticosteroids. This is the third line of treatment in case NSAIDS and colchicines are ineffective. This is steroidal and the common drug is prednisone. However, this has many side-effects and potential health hazards.
In all cases, these drugs mentioned posses various side effects. The best way on how to treat gout is by not developing one.
Live your life in good health and avoid purine rich foods. Eat plenty of fruits like cherries, strawberries and mangoosteen, vegetables, seeds, grains and nuts. Drink at least 96 ounces of water a day to reduce the build-up of uric acid in the body, preferably, alkaline natural spring water.
In this case, gout will not have a space in our body to set in and can provide an ideal situation wherein we don’t have to worry about ways to treat gout.