Vanita Panjwani , a clinical pharmacy specialist and adjunct clinical faculty member of Wayne State University College of Pharmacy, has some advice for pharmacists about improving their patients’ gout problems. She explains how anti-inflammatory and urate-lowering medications are designed to help reduce gout. It’s important for patients to manage their uric acid levels, which they can do with their doctors. Treatment for gout involves patient education, managing your diet, and avoiding foods that may trigger your gout.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
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