Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness and swelling in a joint. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
Gout is a condition when you have too much uric acid in your body. Uric acid can build up and form crystals. The crystals can cause kidney stones, joint pain or deposits under the skin called tophi (TOE-feye).
Men older than 30 years are most likely to get gout. Women can get it but usually not until after menopause.
You are more likely to get gout if you are overweight, drink alcohol or take diuretics for high blood pressure.
A gout attack occurs when you have sudden pain, redness and swelling in a joint. It usually happens at the base of the big toe, but it can happen in other joints. The pain can make even light touch to the joint seem unbearable.
Medicine can help stop the pain and irritation in the joint during a gout attack. If you keep having attacks, your doctor may give you medicine to lower the level of uric acid in your body.
Staying at a healthy weight can lower your risk of having another attack.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.