"Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls and sloth; or the gout will seize you and plague you both." – gout sufferer Benjamin Franklin, a self-described glutton and tippler.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) July 25, 2011
Cases of gout in Americans are on a decades long upswing. In fact, the incidence of gout doubled between the 1960s and the 1990s, and is continuing to climb. Gout, or gouty arthritis, is one of the most painful types of arthritis. It accounts for about 5 percent of arthritis cases, effecting almost 850 out of every 100,000 Americans. Gout is nine times more common in men than in women, and tends to hit between the ages of 40 and 50.
A new online resource, http://www.Colchicine.ca, has been created to help educate Americans on the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of gout. Untreated or inadequately treated gout is not only extremely painful; it can permanently damage and disfigure joints and tissue.
Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid in the joints. The excess uric acid forms needle sharp crystals that irritate and inflame the cartilage around the joints, usually at the base of the big toe. Gout is characterized by a sudden onset of intense pain, swelling, redness, heat and stiffness. Many gout sufferers can not even bear the weight of a bed sheet on their foot during an attack.
Colchicine is considered one of the most effective gout medications, but the price of colchicine in the US has soared from about 5 cents a colchicine tablet to almost $5 a tablet since the FDA's Unapproved Drug Initiative led to the removal of cheap generic colchicine from the market in 2010 in favor of the brand name colchicine Colcrys.
The new online resource contains a wealth of constantly updated information on gout, gout treatment and gout prevention not found in one place anywhere else, including:
- why gout is more dangerous in women than in men
- new developments in gout treatment
- affordable alternatives to high priced Colcrys
- gout medications and natural remedies for gout
- the connection between gout and diet
- gout myths and misconceptions
- links to gout quizzes, videos, newsletters and other resources
So if you or someone close to you is wondering what the heck is pseudogout or gout tophus, if goutweed is really an effective gout treatment, or how other gout sufferers are using baking soda and poultices to deal with the excruciating pain, check out Colchicine.ca.
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