Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Approximately 1.5 million people in the UK are living with the condition. There are occasions when your symptoms worsen, known as flares, and other times when you experience no symptoms whatsoever, which is known as remission. Repeated bouts of gout can lead to something referred to as ‘gouty arthritis’, a worsening type of arthritis.
Gout is caused by a condition known as hyperuricemia. This is when your body has a surplus of uric acid and sharp crystals form within your joints (commonly your big toe). The body makes uric acid as it breaks down purines, found in your body and the foods you eat. With too much uric acid in the body, uric acid crystals (monosodium urate) can form in fluids, joints and tissues in the body. Hyperuricemia does not always cause gout, and hyperuricemia without gout symptoms does not usually require treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, you can buy gout medication from us following a simple online consultation.
Gout will often tend to run in families, and is particularly prevalent in men as they get older. Your risk of gout may also increase if you drink alcohol, are overweight, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetes, osteoarthritis, have had surgery or an injury, have been through the menopause, or are taking medicines such as those for high blood pressure (e.g. ACE inhibitors), or medicines such as diuretics (water tablets).
Treatment for flares of gout usually consists of the prescribing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Indometacin or Naproxen. Some people cannot or do not want to take NSAIDs however, in which case Colchicine is often preferred for gout. If you want to buy treatment for gout online, you can be sure to find the most suitable gout medication for your needs.