Gout Attack Occurrence affected by certain Weather Conditions

According to Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, and other researchers of the Boston University School of Medicine, extreme humidity and high temperatures have been found to highly affect the risk of having a recurrent goutattack. The findings were discovered after the group evaluated the results of a questionnaire answered by 619 participants who had physician-diagnosed gout and had had a gout attack within the past year. It was found that temperatures of 70°-79° F and 80° F and above were associated with a 43% and 40% increased risk of a recurrent gout attack, respectively.

“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 can become difficult to bear with.  If you are having trouble with the effects of gout, consult Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimovwill attend to all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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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