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It is a metabolic disease, caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood that leads to crystalline deposits in the small joints. It is characterized by inflammation primarily of the big toe with intense pain and swelling, which later may spread to knee and hip in some cases. It is also referred in modern literature as calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPDD) and in homoeopathic literature as “uric acid diathesis”.
What causes gout?
Gout is caused initially by an excess of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) as a result of defective functioning of enzymes such as xanthine oxidase. The disturbance is caused by certain drugs and lifestyle.
There are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of hyperuricemia, and therefore gout, which are as follows:
Signs and symptoms
Usually the aim in treating the gout is to decrease the amount of uric acid in the joints by prescribing suitable drug for uric acid diathesis. Homoeopathic treatment also reduces the symptoms and prevents further attacks.
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