May 22, 2008

Prevention of Gouty Arthritis

Posted in Category : Bone, Joint & Muscles Disorders

Gout is caused due to deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints that occurs due to elevated level of uric acid in the body. This abnormality arises due to the malfunctioning of the excretory system of the body. A patient first develops problems of elevated level of uric acid in the body. Then the patient may frequently experience gout attacks. Therefore, if any body has problems with excretion of uric acid from their body they should usually take precautionary measures for prevention of gout (gouty arthritis).

The most important thing is reducing the intake of substances, which increase the production of the uric acid in the body. Purines and proteins are among the essential substances responsible for elevation in the level of uric acid in the body. However, avoiding only purines is recommended by the doctors. Increase in the consumption of water and thus inducing more urination is recommended by the doctors.

The substances, which contain purines in high proportion, are the non-vegetarian products as meat seafood, poultry, eggs, etc. Apart from these substances, also fermented products contain purines in large quantities. This is because the fermenting agents as yeasts contain purines.

In addition to this taking care of the joints also is helpful for the prevention of gout (gouty arthritis. the important things for this purpose are reduction in the weight and exercises involving the movements of the joints. this helps in the removal of the uric acid crystals from the joints. Apart from these things will help in keeping the joints healthy and thus reduce the severity of the symptoms.

On the other hand, some artificial methods as well are useful for the prevention of gout (gouty arthritis) attack. There are a number of drugs available, which are prescribed by the doctors. These drugs are useful for the removal of uric acid form the body. While some of them also remove the already deposited crystals from the joints.

Some of the common drugs are the Allopurinol, Sulfinpyrazone, Allopurinol And Azathioprine,A Febuxostat, Probenecid, PEG uricase, Sodium bicarbonate, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, etc, are some of the commonly used drugs. They can have some side effects in case the patient is sensitive to them and therefore they should be taken only on the advice of the doctor. However, all these drugs are very effective in preventing the prevention of gout (gouty arthritis) attack.