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Gout: Initial symptoms, causes and cures

The gout is a rheumatic disease which, after initial symptoms, can result in inflammatory reaction in progressive and intense in the area of the joints. A disorder can have various causes and, with proper treatment, can be controlled. To anticipate a complication, we should never underestimate the symptoms, especially, between 30 and 50 years, being more frequent among men.

gouty arthropathy

What is it

In medical terms, it is a gouty arthropathy, a disease associated with hyperuricemia, high levels of uric acid, the end product of purine metabolism. 7 mg /dl in men and 6 mg/dl in women considered high level, and may lead to deposits in the form of crystals.

Initial symptoms

Among the initial symptoms that may be suspected that the pain is suddenly and usually at night, affects a joint, and usually the metatarsophalangeal joint of the finger. Pain that can lead to swelling, heat and fever.


A metabolic disorder, diseases linked to metabolism such as hypertension or diabetes, kidney failure and obesity may be behind the gout. Some medications may also affect, such as aspirin prescribed for heart problems or diuretics for high blood pressure.


Change your lifestyle and lead a more healthy diet is essential. Reduce consumption of animal fats and alcohol, including beer, which reduce the excretion of uric acid. It is also important to avoid anchovies, mackerel or shellfish. For its part, you need to drink more water and juices.