Pharmacists are very aware of gout and can advise people who are in the early stages.
As the third most common form of arthritis, gout is caused by an increased level of uric acid in the body, often as a result of consuming certain drinks and foods.
Consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, Dr Ceril Rhys-Dillon, who also practices privately at Nuffield Health Cardiff & Vale Hospitals, commented: "The 2015 NICE Guidelines state that long-term lifestyle changes, with diet being the key factor as well as exercise, can successfully treat gout and restore health.
Recently, studies show that those with the highest intake of Vitamin C (both dietary and supplement) have the lowest risk of developing gout.
You can learn more from gout from the UK Gout Society (http://ukgoutsociety.
List the criteria for establishing a diagnosis of gout in the primary care setting
Distinguish between treatments for acute gout flares and chronic gout
Cite the data supporting which patients with chronic gout should be treated with uratelowering medication and with which class of agents
In a typical UK general practice of 2,000 patients, there may be 17 men and three women with gout.
figures from the UK Gout Society)Gout can be triggered by:
Gout is not a disease of yesteryear nor one of excess, yet these misconceptions persist, much to the frustration of sufferers.
AS EARLY as the fourth century BC, Hippocrates wrote about gout as an affliction of old men and a product of high living.