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Gout causes and symptoms

Gout is one of the forms of arthritis or joint inflammation. Usually one or two joints are affected at a time. Commonly joints of feet and ankles are inflamed in gout. The commonest site is the ball of the big toe . The first attack of gout subsides in a week or so without treatment. There may be a long gap of many months or years between attacks. As time passes the attacks become more frequent and more severe involving many joints. When the frequency of attacks increases progressive joint damage sets in. This is known as chronic gout. This leads to disability and crippling. Gout is very rare in women but usually affects men. In women it is seen after menopause.

Causes of Gout

What causes gout attack ? The answer for this question is still under research.

Presence of uric acid crystals in joints causes inflammation of joints.

Uric acid is formed during metabolism of food and building up of body tissues. When the level of uric acid increases in blood than normal levels, the uric acid forms microscopic crystals in joints. These crystals lead to inflammation of joints.

Ayurveda acharyas explain the causes of gout attack. They describe the foods which cause gout attack or flare up of gout. In ayurveda VAGHBHATA has said the cause of Gout is vitiated blood. The vitiated blood first affects the joints of feet. This extends to other joints in later stages. The vitiated blood not only affects the joints but also affects the whole body. This explains the question "what causes gout to flare up?"

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Causes of vitiation of Blood: ( according to ayurveda )

Indigestion
Excessive consumption of salty, sour, hot , spicy , oily foods.
Consumption of Fish.
Consuming horse gram, urad dal.
Alcohol.
Consuming opposite foods.
Lack of sleep.
Obesity.
Sedentary work

 


Reasons for increased uric acid level in blood

  • Hereditary
  • Obesity
  • High alcohol intake
  • High intake of food like liver, kidneys, sweetbreads ,tongue, red meat, Shellfish, fish peas, lentils and beans. These foods contain purines.
  • Few drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

Symptoms:

  • Inflammation,
  • Swelling,
  • Tenderness in the affected joint.
  • Touching or moving the joint is extremely painful.

The symptoms of Gout are described in ayurveda as follows

  • Over reaction on touching the affected joint.
  • Swelling of the joint.
  • Unbearable pain (as if some body is cutting the joint).
  • Burning sensation.
  • Warmth in the joint.

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This article is copy righted .Dr.SavithaSuri has been an Ayurvedic Practitioner since 1989 and manages website http://www.ayurhelp.com .

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