Gout is one of several types of arthritis and a partially inherited civilization disease caused by a disorder of uric acid metabolism. Normally, uric acid is broken down in the blood and eliminated in the urine. When the body increases the production of uric acid or if the kidneys do not eliminate enough uric acid from the body, its concentration in the blood increases. This condition is called hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is not a disease and can exist without symptoms.
Painful attacks can occur at any age, but the first attack often affects men between the ages of forty and fifty. Gout is 20 times more common in men than in women, but the number of women suffering from gout increases at menopause. Gout attacks were previously associated with alcohol consumption and a high standard of living, and it was a kind of "punishment" for a comfortable lifestyle. Most people who suffer from gout nowadays are moderate people and have a genetic predisposition to gout or preconditions for a multitude of other reasons. They don't have to be fun, greedy or alcoholic to suffer from gout, although too much enjoyment of the "benefits" of life definitely increases the risk of disease. Common symptoms of gout are sudden attacks of severe pain, tenderness, redness, heat, and swelling of some joints.

In an acute gout attack, the affected joints become swollen and cause severe pain even when touched. An attack of gout can also become chronic, then it affects almost all joints and gout nodules form which can cause deformity of the joints, and in most cases kidney damage also occurs. Treating acute attacks allows people to live a normal life. The acute form of the disease can develop into a chronic disease. Symptoms are generally worse in people who get the disease before their thirties. Also, since uric acid is normally eliminated through the kidneys, chronic gout can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Gout is caused by improper diet, overweight, excessive consumption of coffee and alcohol, and kidney disease. Although there is no cure, most people with gout can keep it under control and lead normal lives.


- Avoid eating dark meat, poultry, offal, sardines in oil, mushrooms, spices and chocolate
- Avoid alcohol and coffee
- Drink as much fluid as possible
- Eat cherries and plums
- Drink teas that encourage proper urination; rosehip, burdock, primrose
- Put cold compresses to relieve pain
- Warm baths with the addition of nettle, trine or a few drops of rosemary essential oil
- Massage diseased joints with lavender or rosemary oil
- Washing in fruit vinegar
- Acupressure


It is advisable to visit a doctor.