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  • Gout-Medications

    You use medicine to treat an attack of gout and to reduce the uric acid in the blood. Reducing uric acid helps reduce how often you have attacks. Medicine choices Medicine treatment for gout usually involves some combination of short- and long-term medicines. Short-term medicines Short-term medicine relieves pain and reduces inflammation during an acute […]

  • Scleroderma-Topic Overview

    Scleroderma is a rare disease in which a person’s immune system begins to destroy normal, healthy tissues. (This is called an autoimmune disease.) As a result, connective tissue of the skin, lungs, and internal organs-especially the esophagus, kidneys, and digestive tract-is replaced with scar tissue. This change causes the tissues to become stiff and the […]

  • Gout

    Gout Image courtesy of Paul Traughber, M.D., Boise, Idaho. Figure 1 is an X-ray of a normal foot with healthy bones and joints. Figure 2 is an X-ray of a deformed toe joint caused by chronic gout. Credits ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD – Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH – […]

  • Uric Acid in Blood

    Test Overview The blood uric acid test measures the amount of uric acid in a blood sample. Uric acid is produced from the natural breakdown of your body’s cells and from the foods you eat. Most of the uric acid is filtered out by the kidneys and passes out of the body in urine. A […]

  • Gout: Changing Your Diet

    Introduction Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful, inflamed joints. If it is not controlled, gout can cause severe damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. This used to be treated with a strict diet, but now there are […]

  • Arthritis: Shots for Knee Pain

    Arthritis: Shots for Knee Pain Knee shots, or injections, can help you cope with the pain from arthritis and help you be more active. Credits ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD – Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJeffrey N. Katz, MD, MPH – Rheumatology Current as ofAugust 21, 2015

  • Gout-Symptoms

    Symptoms of gout include: Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually a big toe joint . This symptom is called podagra. The pain often starts during the night. It may get worse quickly, last for hours, and be so intense that even light pressure from a sheet is intolerable. Very red or […]

  • Gout-Other Treatment

    Complementary therapies may be used by some people to relieve symptoms caused by gout.2 Cherries and an herb called devil’s claw have been used as anti-inflammatories. Research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of these and other complementary medicines to treat gout. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is known to reduce chronic inflammation. It has not yet […]

  • Heberden’s and Bouchard’s Nodes

    Heberden’s and Bouchard’s Nodes Bony bumps on the finger joint closest to the fingernail are called Heberden’s nodes. Bony bumps on the middle joint of the finger are known as Bouchard’s nodes. Bony bumps are also common at the base of the thumb. These bumps do not have a nickname, but the joint is called […]

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Deciding About Total Joint Replacement-Related Information

    Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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