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Gout

Gout is a joint disorder caused by an imbalance of uric acid in the body. It leads to salt deposits (urates) of the acid in the joints causing inflammation. Gout can affect all age groups and both men and women. But men aged over 60 are more susceptible to Gout.

Inflammation, swelling, reddening, tenderness as well as severe pain in the affected joints are common symptoms of Gout.  High volumes of salt deposits may worsen the condition causing total immobility of joints where hand s and feet could become set in a particular position.

Gout cannot be prevented but with proper medications, exercise and diet the symptoms can be controlled. Resting the affected joint and avoiding putting further weight or stress on the joint goes a long way in controlling the condition.  The most common medication used to provide relief from gout is Colchicines. Used since ancient times, Colchicines is known to relieve pain and inflammation providing relief to the affected joints.  Other drugs used in the treatment of gout include Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and analgesic.