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Can Gout Turn Into Gangrene
Uric acid: Gout is over accumulation of uric acid in the body. A gouty arthritis attack is one of the most severe joint pains possible. Other symptoms of gout can be kidney stones (also painful) or chalky deposits in the skin. Gout can cause joint deformity. Gout is a very treatable disease with dietary changes and medications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Elevated uric acid: Uric acid is a breakdown product that builds up in the blood. In people with gout it can be due to the body making too much and/or not excreting it efficiently. There can be many medical reasons for the build up of uric acid.This can lead to the production of monosodium urate crystals that can precipitate in the tissues and joints and cause the gout attack: evaluation and treatment depends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They work: I've treated acute gouty attacks for almost 30 years and used judiciously, Colchicine and intraarticular steroid injections do work...Much better in fact than nsaids. And there is some research to indicate that the reason gout attacks the peripheral joints first is the lower temperature so heat may work when cold doesn't. ....Just my 2 cents. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treatment: There is no cure but medicines and a change in lifestyle may help reduce the painful attacks of gout. Certain drugs such as colchicine and anti-inflammatories relieve the joint pain of a gout flare. Other drugs such as allopurinol reduce the body's uric acid and help prevent attacks of gout. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, sometimes: Gout does run in families. To lessen the risk of developing gout, lose weight if you are overweight. Reduce the amount of red meat and shellfish you eat. Reduce the amount of alcohol and high fructose processed food that you eat. Eat more grains, vegetables, and low fat dairy products. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uric acid: In gout, uric acid over accumulates in the body. When the uric acid crystallizes, it forms microscopic needle shaped crystals. A gout arthritis attack is one of the most severe joint pains. Other symptoms of gout can be kidney stones or chalky deposits in the skin. Gout can cause joint deformity. The good news is that gout is a very treatable disease with dietary changes and medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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