What is Gout?
by: Arlene Gentallan
Gouty Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals in joint spaces.
Uric acid is a waste product produced by our body from the breakdown of protein purine. Normally, we have an efficient way of excreting this by-product through our renal system. However, people suffering from Gout has a marked decrease in excreting uric acid from their body.
People with Gout have high uric acid levels in their blood. This is due to the underexcretion of uric acid. Conditions promoting higher than normal bodily production of uric acid may also be the culprit.
These uric acids will crystallize forming urate stones that'll deposit in areas of the body such as the joints.
Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the deposition of sharp urate crystal in the joints. This leads to joint pain and inflammation. The pain cause by this disease is in a such a great extent that it causes restriction of movement, dramatically decreasing the quality of life of those persons afflicted by this disease.
Though, Gout isn't just a disease restricted to the joints. The build-up and deposition of uric acid can affect other areas of the body such as the deposition of tophi in the ears and under the skin. Uncontrolled Gout can lead to kidney stone formation and kidney damage.