Tis the season of the gout flare! The holidays are over: the time for family, friends, celebration, lots of good food, and sometimes a little too much of the good stuff. For some of us this combination can lead to the feared gout flare. I’ve heard people say that a gout flare is like giving birth through your toe. It’s highly inflammatory and can be insanely painful. Acute flares are typically treated with anti-inflammatory medications, colchicine, or corticosteroids. Let’s just say, I’ve been prescribing a lot of these this past week. These meds do help with the pain but don’t do anything about the underlying problem. Too much uric acid!
Acute gout occurs when the body’s capacity to get rid of uric acid is overwhelmed. Human beings don’t have the enzyme that breaks down uric acid, so it has to get rid of it via the kidneys. When the kidneys are at full capacity, things well, jam up in the form of a nasty gout flare. The actual mechanism and physiology is pretty complex and not completely understood yet.
A few medications exist to help your body get rid of uric acid but diet is probably the most important. Unfortunately, it’s often the most neglected and yet most healthy intervention.
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