Beware the Turkey...and Gout!!!
November 25, 2011
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Over 5 million people in the United States get woken up the morning of Black Friday with a red, hot, and swollen foot, ankle, or knee. This is because they suffer from a type of arthritis called Gout. Turkey has a high level of Purines in it, which the body breaks down into Uric Acid.
Gout is when there is a high level of Uric Acid in the body, and the body can't get rid of it. This leads to the uric acid banding together and forming crystals, which then then migrate to the coolest areas of the body, namely the feet.

While this may not seem like a "medical emergency", it hurts so bad you don't even want to put a shoe on, let alone walk around in a mall! To manage Gout flare ups, a type of steroid shot will help within a day, and pills will help resolve the issue in about a week. Frequent flare-ups will require specific blood tests, and may necessitate long term medication to control this type of arthritis.

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