If you suffer from the extremely painful and disabling effect of gout, we recommend using BioTorus LT100 especially for its anti-inflammatory and vasodilating capabilities, as well as analgesic effects which greatly reduce the pain many sufferers of gout experience.
Gout is a disorder of metabolism with an increased level of uric acid in blood that mostly affects men. There are several causes for the condition including hereditary defects, a diet rich in purine (offal - the organs (such as the liver or kidney) of an animal that are used for food and some kinds of fish), disorders of function of kidneys and diseases with an increased disintegration of cells. We will discuss the difference between an acute gout attack, hyperuricemia, (increased level of uric acid without problems) and chronic gout.
An acute gout attack is a very acute inflammation of the joint, typically the one of the big toe. Severe pain, redness, swelling and overheating of the joint occurs. If the increased level of uric acid is left untreated for a long period of time, acid crystals may deposit in other organs, mostly in kidneys, and lead to damages resulting in chronic gout. Nowadays chronic gout is rare as drugs reducing the level of uric acid have been introduced.
Gout is a metabolism disorder when salts of uric acid deposit in the organism due to an increased level of uric acid. Usually joints as well as some inner organs are affected.
Uric acid is the final product of purine metabolism. Purines, like adenine and guanine, are parts of nucleic acids, both DNA and RNA, and are to be found in all human and animal cells.
There is so called "positive balance of uric acid" by gout. "Positive" means that the production of uric acid is higher than its excretion from the body. This results in the deposit of uric acid in the form of crystals the body.
As this disease only appears when the genetic predisposition is supported by an overconsumption of food rich in purine, it can be found in areas with a higher life standard rather than in developing countries. The frequency in these richer areas comes to 1-2 %, and affects more men than women.
Patients with chronic gout suffer with constant pain and show permanent changes of the joint, visible on X-ray. There is so called gouty tophus (gouty knot) in the tendon attachments near joints. These are painless, thick knots of 1 cm max. that lie right under the skin. If these knots come on the surface, a white substance is released that consists mostly of uric acid. Such gouty knots are often to be found on the edge of the ear cartilage.
A set of actions focused on prevention of chronic gout starts with acceptance of the fact that the person will require continual treatment to keep the condition from returning once it is lessened. Independent of this, change of eating habits must not be forgotten. Consumption of food rich in purine should be reduced and alcohol should be consumed moderately.
The prognosis depends on the treatment and progress of the disease. If the disease becomes chronic with changes in joints or damage of kidneys, it can come to disability and a need for dialysis.