Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mesthoerapy Can Help Patients With Gout

Gout is a condition where the body produces too much uric acid. People with gout either produce too much uric acid or their bodies have lost the ability to eliminate it. The long-term result of gout is arthritis or kidney stones. The pain is excruciating, because the hardened uric acid crystals feel like needles, and in fact, that is what they are, miniature crystallized swords irritating nerves in and around the joints.
The pain of out depicted as a demon dragon in an illlustration
 by James Gillray 1799.

The good news is that localized mesotherapy injections can help dissolve those crystals and relieve the pain. The injection is not usually right in the gout area of the toe but into a nearby trigger point to help minimize the pain of administering the solution.

Symptoms of Gout

The first symptom of is a hot, red, swollen joint. It can happen to any joint in the body but traditionally, the first place that gout attacks i is almost always the joint of the base of the big toe. The pain can be so intense that even contact with a sheet or clothing can be unbearable.

Pain and swelling generally last about one to two weeks with or without treatment. However it can return at any time to the same joint or another joint in the body. Over time gout can affect more than one joint at one time and disable a person temporarily. 

Uric acid crystals can also form outside joints. Collections of these crystals, known as tophi, can be found collected in the earlobe, elbow, and Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle.

What Causes Gout?

Your body has to be in a very alkaline condition to produce uric acid crystals.  Usually aalcoholism and obesity are main causes of it. You are also more likely to develop it if your parents had it.

Diets rich in red meats, internal organs, yeast, and oily fish increase the risk for gout, so after administering mesotherapeutic injections be sure to inform your patient to stay away from these types of foods to help the treatment "to take."

Gout can also sometimes occur as the result of being injected with contrast dyes as are used in certain medical scans or by chemotherapy. It is also a common side effect of many medications and diuretics.

Care and Treatment of Gout

Home treatment consists of staying off of or not using affected joints and keeping affected toes or feet elevated.

Allopathic Medicines used to treat acute gout and  prevent further attacks are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids or an anti-inflammatory called Colchicine. A drug called Probenecid may be prescribed to help the body eliminate excess uric acid through the kidneys and into the urine. Mesotherapy can be an excellent supportive protocol to help reduce the frequency and severity of chronic gout attacks.

People with gout must also make lifestyle changes including the adoption of a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet. People with gout have a higher risk for heart disease. Losing weight can also help lower uric acid levels.

Quitting drinking, especially beer, can help cure gout and also prevent it from returning.

The prognosis is excellent for gout if they are able to make lifestyle changes to prevent a recurrence of symptoms.

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