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What is Gout ?

Home Remedies for goutGout (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe) is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected (approximately 50% of cases). However, it may also present as tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallizes and the crystals are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.Flatulence is the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process of mammals and other animals. The medical term for the mixture of gases is flatus, informally known as a fart, or simply (in American English) gas. The gases are expelled from the rectum in a process colloquially referred to as "passing gas", "breaking wind" or "farting". Flatus is brought to the rectum by the same peristaltic process which causes feces to descend from the large intestine.

Gout Causes:

  1. Having higher than normal amounts of uric acid in the body increases your risk of gout.
  2. Heredity factor
  3. Alcoholic drinks
  4. Regular eating of foods rich in protein and carbohydrate
  5. Lack of proper exercise
  6. Stress
  7. Obesity
  8. Diabetes

Gout Symptoms:

  1. The most common Gout symptom is acute pain in the big toe, which becomes tender, hot, and swollen in a few hours. It is therefore also known as the toe/feet disease.
  2. Likewise, it is known to affect other joints such as the knees and the wrists. It is possible for more than one joint to be affected simultaneously.
  3. The patient may experience gout attacks close to midnight or in the early hours of the morning. The intense pain can even cause the patient to wake up.
  4. The symptoms of an acute attack would generally subside within a week. During this span of time, the patient is liable to run a mild fever and experience a loss of appetite. A serious complication of gout is the presence of kidney stones containing uric acid. In some cases the kidneys get damaged and do not function properly.
  5. Gout attacks are most severe within the first 12 to 24 hours of their onset, but the joint discomfort and pain although lessened, do not subside for a few more days or even for a week. It is important that these symptoms are not neglected as in the absence of appropriate gout treatment there could be other complications and also permanent damage to the affected joints.

Gout Prevention :

  1. Most important of all preventions for gout is to keep the weight under check. This keeps your digestive system working fine and ensures proper expulsion of the waste products from the body.
  2. Avoid alcohol and smoking, as they can precipitate the conditions of gouts.
  3. Do not keep your joints fixed in one position for a long period of time. Maintain some amount of movement in them all the time.

Gout Home Remedies:

  1. Cherry: The cherry, sweet or sour, is considered in effective treating gout. Consume about fifteen to twenty cherries a day, preferably as soon as you wake up.
  2. Vegetable juices: Raw vegetable juices are used for gout treatment. A mocktail of carrot, beetroot and cucumber juice seems to be effective in treating gout. Add 100 ml of beetroot and 100 ml of cucumber juice to 300 ml of carrot juice and this must be consumed on a daily basis.
  3. French Beans: The juice of French or string beans has also proved effective in treating gout. About 150 ml of this juice should be taken daily by the patient suffering from this disease.
  4. Apple: Apples are regarded as an excellent source for curing gout. The malic acid contained in them is believed to neutralise the uric acid and afford relief to gout sufferers. The patient is advised to take one apple after each meal.
  5. Banana: Bananas have been found beneficial in the treatment of gout. A diet of bananas only for three or four days is advised for providing some relief from gout. A patient can take eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else.
  6. Lime: Lime is also used as a source in treating gout. Vitamin C is known to prevent and cure sore joints by strengthening the connective tissues of the body. The juice of half a lime, squeezed into a glass of water, should be taken twice daily.
  7. Charcoal: One of the natural gout remedies is a paste of water and half a cup of charcoal powder. This remedy is perfect for gout of the foot. The infected foot can be soaked in this mixture completely for at least 30 minutes to an hour for effective pain relief.
  8. Ginger: If you suffer from gout in the toes, one of the natural gout remedies would be a mixture of water and 1/3 cup of ground ginger. The feet can be soaked in this mixture for 30 minutes which will cause sweating and therefore elimination of uric acid. It is important to bathe thoroughly after following this remedy as ginger could cause skin irritation once the skin dries.
  9. Mustard :Prepare a paste by mixing one part whole wheat powder and one part mustard powder with water. This paste can be applied on the aching body parts and left overnight for effective gout pain relief.
  10. Fast: For an acute attack, there is no better remedy than a fast of orange juice and water. In severe cases, it is advisable to undertake a series of short fasts for three days or so rather than one long fast.
   
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