Weather plays a role in the Reoccurrence of Gout Attacks

Poverty.jpgHigh temperatures and humidity greatly affect the risk of having a recurrent gout attack, according to Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, and other researchers of the Boston University School of Medicine. 619 participants answered a questionnaire on the study website; all participants were diagnosed with gout and within the past 12 months had had a gout attack. Findings determined that a respective 43% and 40% increased risk of a recurrent gout attack was associated with temperatures of  70°-79° F and 80° F and above.

“Patients with gout may be advised that under conditions of hot and/or dry weather, appropriate measures such as increased water intake, should be considered to minimize the recurrent gout attacks,” the authors concluded.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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