The main cause of gout is the sedimentation of excess urate crsytals which cause pain and swelling of the joints. This can happen due to a meat-rich diet, obesity, family history, etc.
Foods like meat, seafood, alcoholic beverages like beer, and juices sweetened by fructose can cause gout.
It is recommended to visit a doctor immdeiately. However in the sudden event of a gout attack, the patient should lie down, ice the affected area and apply corticosteroids. Staying hydrated and using any OTC pain reliever can temporarily alleviate pain.
Gout lasts only 3 days with treatment. But it can get worse and take upto 14 days to heal if left untreated.
It is always recommended to drink 8 glasses of water per day, however this golden rule is a must when experiencing gout as it flushes out excess uric acid from the body. Herbal supplemnets work best in tandem with prescribed medication.
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