Watch Out For Gout This Summer
Recent studies have shown that summer weather may increase occurrences of gout attacks. And while gout is found predominantly in men, it can also occur in women. So remember to stay cool and hydrated this summer!
The Centers for Disease Control defines gout as a rheumatic disease resulting from deposition of uric acid crystals (monosodium urate) in tissues and fluids within the body. This process is caused by an overproduction or under excretion of uric acid. Certain common medications, alcohol, and dietary foods are known to be contributory factors. Acute gout will typically manifest itself as an acutely red, hot, and swollen joint with excruciating pain. These acute gouty flare-ups respond well to treatment with oral anti-inflammatory medicines and may be prevented with medication and diet changes. Recurrent bouts of acute gout can lead to a degenerative form of chronic arthritis called gouty arthritis.
For more information about gout, visit this page at the CDC website.
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