Acute gouty arthritis


Published on - Acute gouty arthritis is a painful condition, often affecting the toes, but it can affect many other joints as well. If left alone it can get worse, turn into a chronic problem and even cause permanent damage

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Acute gouty arthritis

  1. 1. Acute Gouty Arthritis<br />
  2. 2. Gout is a condition caused by an increased level of uric acid in blood.<br />
  3. 3. This causes the deposit of needle-shaped uric acid crystals into the joints. <br />
  4. 4. Acute gouty arthritis is a serious disorder and is one of a hundred types of rheumatic diseases. <br />
  5. 5. Gout is a painful condition that is recognizable by swelling and intense pain in the joint. <br />
  6. 6. An acute gouty arthritis attack mostly affects the big toe joint, however it can affect other joints.<br />
  7. 7. Gout will usually affect one joint at a time but in advanced cases it affects more than one joint. <br />
  8. 8. In the worst cases gout can affect several joints simultaneously. <br />
  9. 9. Joints usually affected can be feet, knees, ankles, fingers, wrists, and elbows.<br />
  10. 10. Acute gouty arthritis mostly affects men of over 40 years age and rarely affects women and children. <br />
  11. 11. Overweight people are more likley to get gout.<br />
  12. 12. During an attack the affected joint becomes red, swollen, tender and incredibly painful. <br />
  13. 13. The joint becomes stiff and unusable, severely disrupting normal life. <br />
  14. 14. Usually the symptoms and pain associated with a gout attack subside after a period of days.<br />
  15. 15. During acute gouty arthritis, the uric acid level is very high.<br />
  16. 16. Because of this, uric acid crystals are formed. <br />
  17. 17. Once formed they get depositedin the spaces around the joints. <br />
  18. 18. The body then reacts to these crystals as if they were a foreign body. <br />
  19. 19. The area is flooded with inflammatory cells. <br />
  20. 20. In this stage you can get frequent attacks of gout, often in different joints.<br />
  21. 21. The next stage in the progress of acute gouty arthritis is the intercritical stage.<br />
  22. 22. In this stage the gout attacks have subsided due to medications and other natural means. <br />
  23. 23. However if the uric acid levels remain high then there is likely to be further gout attacks later on. <br />
  24. 24. The ultimate stage in the progress of gouty arthritis is chronic gout. <br />
  25. 25. Chronic gout is usually caused when there is not enough time between attacks for healing to take place <br />
  26. 26. Gout now becomes a serious health hazard.<br />
  27. 27. Permanent damage can be caused to the body throughjoint damage, potential kidney problems. <br />
  28. 28. People with acute gouty arthritis must seek remedies to bring down the level of uric acid in their blood. <br />
  29. 29. By doing this you can save yourself from the pain and suffering caused by frequent or chronic gout attacks.<br />