The Alliance for Gout Awareness is hosting a free discussion on living with and managing gout at the Hilton West Palm Beach. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization that aims to raise knowledge about gout and improve the lives of people with the condition.
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid is a waste product that is normally filtered out by the kidneys and excreted in urine. But sometimes the body produces too much uric acid or the kidneys do not excrete enough, leading to the formation of sharp crystals in the joints.
Gout typically affects the joint at the base of the big toe, but it can also occur in the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. Symptoms include intense pain, swelling, redness and stiffness in the affected joint. Gout attacks often occur suddenly and can last for days or weeks.
Gout is more common in men than in women and is often associated with a diet high in purine-rich foods (such as red meat, shellfish and alcohol), obesity, high blood pressure and certain medications. Treatment typically involves medications to relieve pain and inflammation, as well as lifestyle changes to reduce uric acid levels in the body.
The Alliance for Gout Awareness is dedicated to educating the public and health care professionals about gout and its causes, symptoms and treatments. The Alliance also provides resources and support to people with gout, including access to treatment options and lifestyle recommendations to manage the condition.
The Alliance is holding a free discussion on living with and managing the disease Saturday, April 15. Registration and lunch start at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins right after noon at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Oceana Ballroom C, 600 Okeechobee Blvd., across from The Square. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on Eventbrite to attend.