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Gout

Gout is a condition that causes severe pain and inflammation of the joints. It usually occurs in the toes, wrists, fingers, elbows, and knees.

An attack of gout is intense and can last between 5 and 7 days but this may vary.


Gout is usually treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen but may require steroid tablets or injections if this doesn’t improve.


Pharmacy Online has a range of treatments for gout including painkillers. Speak to a member of our team or start a consultation to see which treatment is most suitable.

Causes

Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood, a chemical that is released after digesting certain food and drink. It is usually removed from the body in the urine; however, if too much is produced or not enough is removed, it can build up in the body and form needle-like crystals. These crystals deposit and accumulate in the joints to cause inflammation and intense pain.

Treatments

Acute flare-ups of gout can easily be treated with painkillers, as well as medications that can block inflammatory processes to relieve the symptoms of gout.

The affected limb should also be raised up and rested. Drink plenty of water and keep the affected area cool.


It’s also important to maintain a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. The NHS has tips to prevent gout from recurring.

If you suffer from regular flare-ups of gout, speak to a member of our team today to discuss potential treatment options.

Symptoms

A symptom of gout typically includes sudden and intense pain in the joints, swelling, and skin surrounding the joint that is hot, tender, red, or inflamed.

You should contact your GP immediately if you also feel the pain is worsening, if you have a high temperature or fever, or if you feel sick or cannot eat. This may be signs of an infection.

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