Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is it true that liquorice is bad for people with gout?

Q. Sure I read somewhere that liquorice is bad for people who suffer from attacks of gout?
Trying to find out if the liquorice makes gout worse not as a remedy. Answers to this question are the opposite.

A. Licorice is sometimes used for osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Licorice interacts with many prescription medicines. Talk to your healthcare provider if you plan to start using licorice.

Does anyone know of a good cure for gout?
Q. My dad has gout, and suffers quite a bit in his toes and his hands. He has had kidney failure in the past and is on meds for heart probs... he was hoping for a more natural remedy and any suggestions would be helpful.

A. There is no cure for gout. Generally speaking a short course of an anti-inflammatory painkillers will usually ease the pain quite quickly. Is your dad overweight?

Losing weight helps as does eating a healthy diet and cutting back on alcohol. He should also try and reduce sugar in is diet too. Your husband must also avoid dehydration and unless there is a medical reason not to do so, drink about 2 litres of water daily.

The other things that help are if he can, elevate his legs while laying on the sofa and then using an ice pack, hold it against the inflamed joint. This may ease the pain. Make sure you wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid direct skin contact. Only do this for about 20 minutes, then stop. This should not be done for long periods of time at once. Also make sure the temperature of the affected part has returned to normal before applying again.

As I said before, NSAIDs like Diclofenac usually help (if no GI issue). If your dad can't tolerate any NSAIDs for certain reasons, then Colchicine is an alternative medicine that might help. Steroid tablets or injections can also reduce pain and inflammation, but should generally be avoided if possible.

If he is in a lot of discomfort, he should see his GP again. If gout keeps reoccurring then taking Allopurinol daily will prevent attacks. Allopurinol will not have any effect during a gout attack though. Allopurinol basically works by It works by reducing level of uric acid in the blood. It takes a few months to work. It's more of a preventative measure.

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