What If the Big Toe Isn't the Culprit?
The most common place for gout to first show up is in the big toe. This form of arthritis causes painful swelling where the toe meets the foot. But that's not the only place gout starts.
Debunking Belief That Vitamin C Blocks Gout
Some dietary supplements have proven benefits, either in association with prescribed medicines or on their own as alternative therapies. Now, one supplement's usefulness for gout patients is being called into question.
Watch Out for Gout
Sometimes treating one problem can put you at a higher risk for a different health condition. For example, some blood pressure medications can increase the risk of gout.
More Weight, More Gout
As rates of obesity continue to increase, more and more Americans are developing diseases tied to their excess weight. According to a recent study, gout appears to be one of those diseases.
Arthritic Double Whammy
It was once thought that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were unlikely to get gout. Now it looks like that is not the case.
A Cherry On Top for Gout Patients
The pain of gout comes in episodes. That is, patients go through periods of intense pain that come and go. Now, it seems eating cherries may help prevent these gout attacks.
Guidance for Gout
When a gout attack begins, the pain starts suddenly and can be crushing. To help doctors and patients prevent these attacks, the American College of Rheumatology ( ACR ) has issued new guidelines for dealing with gout.
Whats Behind Teen Hypertension
Doctors may have found a new marker capable of suggesting a teen suffers from high blood pressure. Abnormal levels of uric acid, a build-up associated with gout attacks, may act as a mechanism for hypertension. Though a cause and effect link between uric acid and hypertension was not found, researchers said the findings suggest uric acid may act as a biomarker of high blood pressure. Avoid smoking to maintain healthy blood pressure. Lauren Loeffler , MD, MHS , lead investigator and a nephrologist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, noted that high blood pressure is no longer...
Drugs that Make Gout Risk Go Up and Down
In order to get your blood pressure under control, your doctor may give you some type of prescription drug. Your risk of developing gout may influence which drug you are prescribed.
A Dose of Dairy for Your Joints
Diet can play a large role in the prevention of chronic pain conditions. Low-fat dairy products, for example, may reduce the risk of gout. So, is it possible that dairy could also help those who already have gout?