Gout – causes, symptoms and treatment

Have you heard of gout??

Gout is a chronic, progressive disease caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals in the tissues of the body. It sometimes comes in the form of sharp attacks with sudden severe pain, often in the foot and often affects the big toe, and wakes you up in the middle of the night, and is accompanied by the inability to walk or wear shoes.

An acute attack lasts 3-5 days, and attacks may recur every few weeks or months.

If uric acid levels are not controlled within the healthy limits, gout can turn into a chronic disease.

The disease may affect several joints in the body, including the fingers, wrist, and elbow, with loss of movement in the affected joints, and joint deformity may occur.

Sometimes accompanied by the appearance of painful white lumps under the skin, due to the accumulation of uric acid crystals, in addition to the return of attacks more closely with the days.


In acute cases, we resort to colchicine and some types of cortisone and continue for a period of time on non-steroidal antibiotics, taking into account complete protection from everything that excites or increases uric acid in the tissues, and there are many drugs that are given to maintain low levels of uric acid, but protection Nutrition remains the basis of treatment and the best method.

What are the foods that a gout patient is prohibited from eating?

During acute attacks, the patient is prevented from eating small foods and it is also preferable to reduce them a lot at other times: such as cauliflower, tomato paste preserved in long-term cans, mushrooms, beans, and lentils, especially canned ones, because they contain a high amount of purine and uric acid.

And sugar-free juices should be consumed completely, because sugar increases the body’s production of uric acid. In addition, avoid consuming barley-containing beverages such as beer.

As for meat, the patient must refrain from eating red meat that contains purine, as in veal and lamb. It is also forbidden to eat liver, kidneys, brain, turkey, duck and geese because they contain a high percentage of proteins, uric acid and purine.

It is possible to eat fish meat, but it is forbidden to eat red and salted fish such as (herring, tuna, mackerel, anchovies, sardines), and it is forbidden to eat long-term preserved dairy products and all types of cheese rich in fat.

The patient must drink large amounts of pure water daily.

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