#condition - Rheumatology
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can cause sudden severe pain and swelling in the joints. Typically, it affects only one joint at first, usually the big toe joint, and causes sudden attacks or ‘flares’, often waking the person up at night.
Gout is related to one having too much uric acid in the blood, which can then form crystals in the joints, leading to severe pain, redness and swelling. Uric acid crystals can crystals can also turn into kidney stones that can cause pain and problems with the flow of urine.
There are medications that can reduce the pain and swelling caused by gout and other medications that can be used to help prevent flares. These can be prescribed in addition to other things that may help, including losing weight if you are overweight, and avoiding triggers such as dehydration, dietary factors and alcohol.
Some people with gout may have other health conditions, like heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or obesity, which may also need medical treatment to avoid complications.
Dr Simon Paul specialises in looking after people with gout using a holistic approach, which may include medications, injections, and various non-medicine-based therapies, all tailored to the person’s individual circumstances. Successful treatment allows the person to take control of the disease to reduce the frequency of gout attacks and help reduce potential complications.
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