Gout is among the most painful forms of rheumatism. It attacks joints and soft parts, at first often the base of the big toe.
Gout has been known since antiquity as a prosperity disease of those who daily approve a wine and meat meals. In fact, the lifestyle plays a certain role. Overweight, lack of exercise and a meat consumption of more than 50 kilograms per capita and year make uric acid also in today’s Switzerland to a widespread rheumatic disease.
80% of the victims are male. In the case of uric acid, approximately 3% of the men who reach the AHV age are affected. In men over 40, uric acid is the most common inflammatory joint disease. The first gout attack in the life of a man falls an average of the food (between 40 and 45 years).
Symptoms of Gout
The development of gout First stage of gout In the first stage, increased uric acid values in the blood (hyperuricemia) are seen in the patient, otherwise, no further symptoms are present. This stage is referred to as asymptomatic hyperuricemia and is rarely medically treated. Even without treatment, the first stage often disappears by itself within 3 to 11 days. With a drug treatment, the pain attack can be interrupted within a few hours. Even if the swelling and the pain disappear again, gouty arthritis occurs again in most cases in the same joint or in another.