Gout is form of arthritis that triggers big toe pain usually due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.
Generally, uric acid is a natural compound in the body. Consequently, if in large amounts, sharp crystals of uric acid can build up in the joints which causes gout flare-ups.
What are the signs of gout?
- Joint pain and swelling
Remember that this condition can be painful. Generally, it is managed with drugs prescribed by the doctor. In addition, lifestyle factors including dietary changes and controlling the stress levels can prevent or lessen the severity of the flare-ups.
What are the trigger foods?
In general, foods that are rich in purine can trigger the flare-ups. Some of the main foods to avoid are organ and glandular meats and some seafood such as:
- Organ meats
Overall, all forms of alcohol increase the risk for the condition and worsen the symptoms. If alcohol is consumed, the kidneys strain to eliminate alcohol rather than uric acid which results to the build-up of uric acid in the body, thus triggering the flare-ups.
Beverages packed with sugar can trigger gout flare-ups. This is common among adults who are overweight or obese.
For those who are diagnosed with the condition, avoid or limit these beverages:
- Orange juice
- Sugary-flavored drinks
- Freshly-squeezed fruit juices
- Sweetened ice tea or lemonade
Consequently, some medications can instigate the symptoms. In most cases, it includes commonly used pain medications. Remember that even small amounts have an impact on the condition. Overall, the doctor might suggest changing these drugs if there is an increase in the symptoms.