How to react to a gout attack?


What can Trigger an attack of Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis. Often extremely painful. It is triggered by the breaking down of a chemical called purine. This transformation produces Uric acid which can trigger an attack of gout or arthritis when accumulated in high levels in the body. Learn how to react to a gout attack.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Drinking too much alcohol of any type can trigger a gout attack. Excess of alcohol will interfere with the kidney’s ability to filter uric acid and can result in a build up crystals in the joint.

Read more to learn how you can prevent future flares.

Dear readers and friends

I am passionate about helping others in the area of better well-being.

In my belief, health is one of the areas we should be personally responsible for and not waiting until something to break down.

I will write to you as I conduct my own research on what can trigger an attack of gout.

This information is based solely on some research that I have personally done and thought you might benefit from this.


Let me explain to you, first the term “gout”

Cherry juice for grout
Cherry juice for grout


The term gout was initially used by Randolphus of Bocking, around 1200 AD

It is derived from the Latin word gutta

meaning “a drop” of liquid.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this is derived from humorist

and the notion of the “Dropping” of a morbid material from the blood in and around the joints.

  • The first documentation of the disease is from Egypt in 2,600 BC in a description of arthritis of the Big Toe.
  • The Greek physician Hippocrates around 400 BC also commented on it in his aphorism (written 400B.C.E) noting its absence in eunuchs and premenopausal women.
  • Dutch Scientist Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek first described the microscopic appearance of urate crystals in 1979
  • In 1848. English physician Alfred Baring Garrot Identified excess uric acid in the blood.

You can understand how “Gout” is a well-known disease since Antiquity.

A little history

Historically, the gout was referred to as “The King” of diseases and the disease of Kings or “rich

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man’s” disease. They were eating too many rich foods.

Seriously, I believe is important for you to have more information about this disease you may have experienced.

But, what is gout? Let me explain a bit to you.

Well, gout is a kind of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals, and trust me this is incredibly so painful when you have to deal with this kind of pain.

Here the thing

Uric acid is the breakdown product of purines.

Uric acid crystals.
Uric acid crystals.

Purines are chemical compounds in food that causes gout.

Normally, Purine is produced naturally in your body and is also found in certain foods.

The problem occurs when the purines break down into uric acid, which can form into crystals.

These crystals can deposit in your joints and cause pain and inflammation.

Therefore, too much uric acid can result in disorders like gout or kidney stones.

For this reason, if you eat too often high purine foods

You might be at the risk of having an attack of gout.

What is the first sign of gout?

The first sign of gout you may experience is
Intense joint pain.

Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe but it can occur in any joint.

Other commonly affected joints Include:

  • The ankles
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Wrists and fingers

The pain is likely to be most severe within the first four to 12 hours after it begins.

How do I test for gout?

Test for you to help diagnose gout may include:

test for créatinine in blood
test for créatinine in blood
  1. Joint fluid test, your doctor may use a needle to draw fluid from your affected joint.
  2. Blood test, your doctor may recommend a blood test to measure the levels of uric acid
  3. and creatinine in your blood
  4. X-ray imaging
  5. Ultrasound
  6. Dual-energy CT scan

Can Gout kill me?

The truth you like to know.

Gout can’t kill you, but it can cause serious health problems. That may eventually kill you.

Says Robert Keenan, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Duke University.

If gout is untreated, you can develop clumps of uric acid crystals, called Tophi, which can become infected and life-threatening.

For that reason, if you don’t treat your gout disease in efficient manners. Gout can lead to serious complications, such as permanent joint damage.

I guess you don’t want to experience this untreated gout, right?

You have to do something to prevent and become worse.


Is Gout is a rare condition?

In fact, the hereditary form of gout often affects men younger than 30 and this form of gout tends to be severe.

How long does gout last if untreated?

An acute gout attack may last from three to 10 days with or without medication.

Some people have only one attack in their lifetime.

But without treatment or a drastic change in your diet, gout attacks may eventually happen several times a year.

Is gout a disability?

If the big toe becomes infected, it is sometimes referred to as PODAGRA.

If you suffer from chronic gout and it impacts your ability to work you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits.

Your gout disease will need to meet the requirements of the Social Security Administration (SSA) listing for inflammatory arthritis.

Most compelling evidence, when you are having too high purine levels, think about how you can lower uric acid levels.

Here some natural ways to lower uric acid

Limit purine-rich foods, but by doing that you can limit the source of uric acid in your diet.

Help alleviate gout symptoms.
Help alleviate gout symptoms.

Food to avoid:

1-Avoid Sugary Foods and Sugary drinks high in fructose

2- Processed foods and refined carbohydrates

3- Red meat and organ meat such as liver or kidneys which are high in Saturated fat.

4- Seafood such as Lobster, shrimp, anchovies, tuna, trout, mackerel and haddock

5- Alcohol especially beer and hard liquor.

What can I do when having a gout attack?

The best painkiller for gout pain immediately to help you will be over-the-counter pain medication.

Ibuprofen (Motrin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NAID)

It can be used for management of acute gout pain.

If you don’t have renal disease issues NSAIDs pain medications are the best drugs for pain management.

But take it for short time only, because when you take medication continually over long periods of time what happens? You gradually need more to get the same effect. It stops being as effective as it once was, its true of everything from painkillers, to antibiotics.

One of the worst things you can do is continually take painkillers. You will soon become immune to them and they won’t work anymore.

But you have to react when you are dealing with acute pain.

Pain assessment tool
Pain assessment tool
  • So, take your medicine
  • Ice down
  • Call your doctor
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Get a cane
  • Elevate your foot

I am positive that your doctor will tell you to

Follow a low-purine diet to help you limit the body’s uric acid production

According to SGH Department of Dietetics

Purine is a type of protein present in various types of food.

Gout therapy alternative
Gout therapy alternative

When the proteins are broken down uric acid is the end-product.

Gout sufferers should follow a well-balanced diet while restricting their purine intake.

Here are tips for you to decreased uric acid levels

1- Watch your weight

2- Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole wheat products and some pulses (high in purine) every day

3- Enjoy low-fat milk and dairy products daily

4- Keep an eye on the purine content of food

5- Eat no more than 100g of meat, sausages, fish, and poultry a day

What is the normal rate for uric acid?

Most of it excreted ( remove from your body) in your urine, or passes through your intestines to regulate normal levels.

Normal uric acid levels are 2.4-6.0mg/dl for women

3.4-7.0mg/dl for male

Normal value will vary from Laboratory to laboratory

Researchers report a correlation between foods high in fructose and gout symptoms which can include chronic pain.

What fruits are not good for gout?

These fruits include:






Prunes and dates

It’s okay to eat these fruits if you have gout as long as you do so in moderation.

Limit yourself to one to two cups of these fruits per day.

Are bananas good for gout?

Because gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by increased levels of uric acid bananas can help decrease the symptoms of gout due to its high level of potassium and vitamin C.

Eat bananas to help deal with the pain caused by gout with advice from a registered a licensed dietitian of course

Are eggs high in purines?

As a matter of fact, eggs are low in purines but you should limit consumption to 2 to 3 a week because eggs contain high cholesterol.

Essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as tuna can reduce gout inflammation

However, to prevent a gout flare-up limit the intake of fish to one serving per day as it contains purines

Are tomatoes bad for gout?

I love eating tomatoes, do you?

During a study. A group of Otago Department of Biochemistry Researchers noticed that numerous gout sufferers believe that tomatoes were one of this gout triggering foods.

This data showed that tomato consumption is linked to high levels of uric acid in the blood which is the major underlying cause of gout.

Can gout be cured?

Gout making a come back.

The bad thing is, people, having gout, can never be cured of gout.

It is a long-term disease that can be controlled by a combination of medication to control uric acid level

And anti-inflammation drugs to treat a flare-up.

Putting people on uric acid-lowering therapy early helps.

But, because the other common uric acid-lowering drug, Allopurinol, also carries a wide range of side effects.

So, what’s the solution?

You might try some alternative way to neutralize the uric acid from your body

What neutralizes uric acid in the body?

  • You can use lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, helps to promote the production of digestive juices Including bicarbonate helping to
    Food that prevents gout.

    neutralize acidity in the body.

  • Celery seeds can help as well in the fast elimination of uric acid from the body
  • Home remedy for gout is black cherry juice or cherry juice extract

Another home remedy when you have trigger gout attack

  • Is soaking in Epsom salt good for you?
  • Epsom salt’s ability to relax muscles, reduce swelling, relieve pain, fade bruises, draw out toxins and soften skin
  • Soaking a gout-affected foot in a foot bath of warm water and Epsom salt can provide almost immediate relief for much gout suffers.

I am sure you will love this herbal remedy

I have a cousin, who is suffering from gout, and he found drinking medicinal herbal tea is a good reliever to him.

The herbal tea is used by traditional healers from South-West from France

Dare to try these:

Parietaria officinalis



The plant is well-known for over 2,000 years for its diuretic action.
In European herbal medicine, it is regarded as having a restorative action on the kidneys, supporting and strengthening their function.

This plant constitutes a very effective diuretic
Ideal to increase micturition, two or three infusions a day of a dry couple of spoonfuls of leaves for a liter of water

You can give a try with another plant called

is also known as diuretic expectorant anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory agent
Calluna vulgaris


infusion-loose flowers
Helps with arthritis, gout, and rheumatism, an ancient remedy for urinary tract problems (UTI) and Inflammation of the urinary passages.

This herbal infusion is easy to prepare like any loose tea.
As the herb act as a diuretic, it is wise to overdo the intake of the tea before going to bed.
Put the plant in boiling water let infuse for five to ten minutes and enjoy!
One tablespoon per cup of water, one to two cups a day.

taraxacum officinale

The common dandelion, dandelion he’s used in herbal medicine in an attempt to treat infections bile, and liver problems, and as a diuretic
This herb is bitter, but for improving digestion is the best one.


To make it, fill a canning jar about half-way with dried dandelion flowers and leaves, or just flowers (your choice) and pouring simmering water over them
Let the tea infuse until it’s cool enough to drink, then strain.


Widely used in Asian traditional medicine. A powerful natural cure for gout and arthritis.  It helps treat inflammatory diseases.  For dosage: follow doctor’s instructions on how to use this herb.



People can never be cured of gout it is a long-term disease, that can be controlled by a combination of medication, or by taking herbal medicine to control uric acid level, and by limiting purine-rich foods in your diet.

Please let me know your suggestions and comments about my articles, below.  It is very much appreciated and I will respond.

This information I provided to you is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition.
If you have any health problems or are taking any medication, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to any change in your diet.