Cherries, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger roots are common home remedies that can help relieve from gout symptoms. Intake of magnesium in diet is associated with lower and healthier levels of uric acid and therefore it is believed to lower the chances of gout. Bathing with Epsom salt is very beneficial for people suffering with gout as it lowers the pain and relaxes the muscles. Activated charcoal paste also helps in reducing aches and swelling. Drinking plenty of water is also beneficial in preventing gout.
Painful and inflamed gout locations are shown on the body around bones and joints in the circle. Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis in people with high levels of uric acid in the blood. Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, kidney dysfunction, lifestyle, etc are factors that increase the risk of gout. Collection of uric acid crystals between the joints can result in extreme discomfort and limit motion. Treatment of gout involves use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, cochicine, etc.
The image shows gout affected fingers in a patient. Acute gout attacks are characterized by sudden onset of pain in the affected joint followed by warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration, and tenderness. The uric acid crystals are collected in between the joints of fingers which lead to pain, stiffness and a little soreness during attack. These uric acid crystals form lumps under the skin around the joints and are referred to as tophi.
The diagram shows gout in human foot illustration. Gout is a kind of arthritis which leads to intense pain in joints such as big toe, knees, ankles, elbows, thumbs, or fingers. The reason of gout is building up of uric acid crystals in joints. Gout can lead to kidney stones, blockage of the kidney filtering tubules with uric acid crystals, leading to kidney failure, swelling or inflammation in joints, damage to bone and cartilage, etc. Gout in foot can cause severe pain and inflammation in big toe or ankle and can be diagnosed with the help of blood tests and X-ray.
A tophus (plural tophi) is a deposit of uric acid crystals, in the form of monosodium urate crystals, in people with longstanding hyperuricemia (high levels of uric acid in the blood). Tophi crystals are deposited in and around the joints of people with gout disease.