Gout is a systemic disease caused by the build-up of uric acid in the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. This condition can develop for two reasons. The liver may produce more uric acid than the body can excrete in the urine, or a diet of rich foods (e.g., red meat, cream sauces, red wine) puts more uric acid into the bloodstream than the kidneys can filter. In both cases, a condition called hyperuricemia results. Over time, the uric acid crystallizes and settles in the joint spaces, most commonly in the first metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe or in the ankle joint.
Signs and Symptoms:
Tenderness in the joint of the first toe.
Touching or moving the joint is intensely painful.
Patients often say it hurts to have as much as a bed sheet over the toe.
Gout develops quickly
Typically occurs in only one joint at a time.
May develop in two or three joints simultaneously, but this is rare.
If widespread symptoms occur, the condition is probably not gout.
The most reliable way to diagnose gout is to examine the joint fluid for uric acid crystals. This is done by drawing fluid from the joint with a needle and examining it under a polarized light microscope. Although the test is invasive, the results are definitive, and a positive result facilitates proper treatment and quick relief.
Treatment for gout involves decreasing the amount of uric acid in the joint. If dietary habits are the cause, the patient`s lifestyle must be changed to avoid the condition. We recommend using the safe far infrared natural healing method. For long term results we suggest monitoring your dietary habits and using Far Infrared Socks and clothing.
Alcohol and rich foods are primary contributors to excessive uric acid levels. Although some patients have a genetic predisposition to excessive uric acid production, most gout patients have normal kidneys and uncontrolled dietary habits. Prevention is the best defense against the disease.
Many patients who suffer from gout continue to indulge, and suffer frequent painful attacks as a result. The continued accumulation of uric acid in the joints eventually damages them, seriously inhibiting movement. Although traditional medication makes it possible to live with gout, the Far infrared sauna will actually help to break down the Uric Acid Crystals and reduce the acidity levels in the blood.
FAR infrared Sauna Could Reduce Uric Acid Levels
Special FAR infrared Saunas Could Reduce Uric Acid!
Far Infrared Rays emitted from the far infrared sauna helps to break down the Uric acid crystals. This will reduce the pain and swelling and help to reduce the acidity in the cells.
FAR infrared Sauna during the morning or night time, you can feel confident that micro circulation is improving, toxins are being flushed, fresh nutrients and oxygen are reaching the cellular level, and bacteria growth is inhibited.
Complications of Gout?
Where high uric acid has been present for a long time and acute gout has been frequent and severe, deposits of uric acid salts may appear around the affected joint and even in tissues elsewhere such as the ears. These are seen as chalk colored nodules called tophi. Their presence indicates the need for treatment with one or other of the long term uric acid lowering drugs.
High uric acid levels and recurrent gout are often associated with high blood pressure which your doctor will check and treat as necessary. This combination of hyperuricaemia and high blood pressure can lead to kidney damage so it is all the more important, not just because of the effects on the joints, to correct this state of affairs through the proper use of all the measures mentioned above under your doctor`s supervision.
Who Gets Gout ?
Men aged 40 to 50 are most commonly affected though women have been diagnosed too.
Gout is common in those with obesity, hypertension, hyper lipidemia and diabetes.