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Are you ready for the holiday season? The excitement is different for everyone. For some it is the vacation from work. For others it is making memories with family and friends. A common thread during the holidays is there is usually never a shortage of food! For someone who deals with gout, this time of year can become difficult to manage.

What is gout?

Gout is a complex form of arthritis. Several risk factors can increase uric acid in the body, which end up forming very sharp, needle-like crystals in your joints. This results in sharp pain, swelling, heat, redness and tenderness. If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling like your feet were literally on fire, you know what we are talking about!

Gout is more common in men and the risk for women increases after menopause. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your risk for developing gout increases. When an attack arises, it can last for a couple of days and linger up to a week or more. Many who suffer with gout have an attack and then may not experience it again for months or even years.

Why the need to be careful during the holidays?

Anyone who has to watch what they eat knows how the holidays go. You see a large spread of food and the ability to resist goes out the window! For someone prone to gout, losing self-control with the wrong foods and drinks could result in a very painful situation.

Foods rich is certain proteins called “purines” need to be avoided. Foods known to trigger a gout attack include: red meat, liver, cheese, lentils, mushrooms, shellfish, tomatoes, turkey and gravy. Wait! Hold the bus! Did we just say turkey and gravy?? Yes, we did, thus the reason to be careful at holiday meals. Alcohol is a big factor here as well and the risk for attack goes up when two or more drinks a day are added to the food choices.

There are many resources available if you suffer with gout. Dr. Pinkser is a respected podiatrist in Washington, PA able to help with any foot problems you may have due to gout. Call his office today for more information at (724) 225-7410.

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