6. Usually a gout attack starts as a numbing sensation and progresses into throbbing pain accompanied by tenderness, soreness and swelling around the joint under attack.
7. During the peak of an attack the patient experiences a very high level of discomfort and becomes unable to use the joint under attack.
8. The attack can be brought under control using simple natural gout remedies or by opting for prescription medication, or a combination of both.
9. Regardless of your preference, you need to seek out gout remedies to take care of two separate problems.
10. The first priority is to reduce the pain and swelling around the affected joint, but you should also be looking to prevent the recurrence of gout attacks in the future.
11. Often, when you are experiencing acute gout attacks, you doctor will often put you on non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs which act on the inflammation, bringing it down in a short period of time.
13. Although one of the most effective gout remedies, it is known to affect some people quite badly. In particular it can cause stomach problems such as ulcers.
14. You doctor may also prescribe medication to help with the treatment of the underlying conditions that cause gout.
15. Allopurinol is a commonly prescribed medication that limits the body’s ability to accumulate uric acid, but there are several others as well.
16. All of these drugs for the long term treatment of gout must be taken on a regular basis for a long time, perhaps for the rest of your life.
17. Unfortunately these medicines are known to also have potential side effects such as skin reactions, nausea and vomiting. Also many people are coming to the realization that western medicine is not necessarily the best answer.
18. These days more people are trying out natural or herbal gout remedies and fortunately there are many types of effective natural and herbal products that can relieve you of your gout pain without the side effects or long term effects of taking medication.
19. Natural gout remedies include cold cabbage leaves placed directly on the affected joint to reduce the swelling, and drinking baking soda mixed with water to help offset the uric acid.
20. Many herbs are thought to be good for gout including hawthorn, devils claw, hyssop and juniper. Parsley is also considered to be useful for gout patients.
21. As well as specific gout remedies, many gout sufferers can reduce or eliminate their problems simply by modifying their diet. In fact diet is one of the best gout remedies around!
22. Once you understand the importance of diet in gout you can easily win the war against gout. You need to have a diet low in purines.
23. Purines are found in many meat products, but more so in offal such as liver and kidney. Some seafoods are also particularly high in purine.
24. A low fat diet is important also, since obese people are significantly more likely to get gout. You must also drink plenty of water.
25. Take the time to learn about the gout risk factors and the simple gout remedies available.
26. If you leave your gout without treatment there is a very high chance that your gout is going to get a lot worse over time. It’s not worth the risk!