Arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints, and Gout is a complex form of arthritis that affects the joint in your big toe. When someone has a “gout attack,” he usually gets it late at night, and the joint gets so swollen and sensitive that even a sheet of linen is excruciatingly painful to the touch. Gout affects more men than women, but alcohol significantly increases your chances of getting gout. For men, two or more drinks a day will do it, and for women, one or more drinks in conjunction with menopause will make them more susceptible to this debilitating disease. Other health factors contributing to gout are untreated hypertension, diabetes, high levels of cholesterol, and genetics.
Individuals with gout tend to not follow through with doctor’s appointments. They need a helpful family member to encourage them to show up at appointments and follow through with the doctor’s orders. All too often, family members may not be present to help, or if there is one available, she may feel overwhelmed trying to care for a loved one all by herself. In-home health care has become a widespread trend due to modern-day lifestyles. Seniors get the benefit of being at home and receiving personal attention, and family members love the peace of mind that comes with having a caregiver at home.
For more information about Gout Care, please call (310) 657-8780 or visit our website http://www.brentwoodinhomecare.com to learn more about Arthritis Care and other services we offer. For over 20 years, A-1 Home Care has faithfully served the communities of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu and surrounding cities.