The Difference Between Chronic And Acute Gout


What is gout, really? To those who are; not suffering from the condition, gout is gout. It is a painful inflammation of joints. For those who had unlucky experience with the condition, it is something more. Lastly, those who are living with the condition, gout isn’t just gout. There are ways of classifying it, just as a dog isn’t just a dog, but can be a Dachshund, Chihuahua, Doberman, or some other breeds.

This article wishes to explain the difference between the acute and chronic gout. Read on and learn more thing about these two kinds of gout.

What is Gout?

Without the term, gout, we’ll merely have the “acute” nor the “chronic” terms. Therefore, we must first understand thoroughly, what gout really is.

Gout, as mentioned earlier, is characterized by the painful inflammation of the joints. Furthermore, it’s a kind of arthritis that may result from the crystallization of the uric acid that’s being deposited to the ball-and-socket joints. The uric acid is not usually deposited in the synovial joints, which is why not all people suffer from gout.

The uric acid is usually flushed out through the excretory system. Nevertheless, when there’s an excessive amount of uric acid, the body must store uric acid temporarily in order to avoid acidosis. Due to this, the uric acid is then forced into the interstitial fluids or the tissue fluids. If ever that even the interstitial fluids run out of space, the uric acid must be stored somewhere else. Just like the synovial fluids of the synovial joints.

At cold temperatures and high volumes, the uric acid crystallizes hence attracting the attention of the neutrophils, the innate immune system’s foot soldiers that are in-charge of the expulsion of the foreign bodies just like the uric acid crystal. If the neutrophils fail in doing this, they’ll be sending chemicals to signal the pain and inflammation. this is now where the gout attack takes in.

Now that we know about gout, let’s move to the difference of chronic gout and acute gout.

Chronic Gout

Chronic gout, as its name implies, is gout, which lasts a lifespan. It can be caused by the genetic disorder Lesch-Nyhann syndrome, which may cause abnormal uric acid levels. Chronic gout may also be caused by this.

Put solely, the chronic gout is an illness wherein a person may suffer from the chains of acute gout for their entire life, or at least, that’s what we grew to believe.

Acute Gout

The acute gout is merely a gout attack. Well, that is really it. A gout flare. However, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. It’s actually as painful as the word “acute” really suggests. It commonly occurs at the night. A cringe-worthy scream or burning pain of an agony awakens those who are suffering from the condition, as well as the people that they love. This timing isn’t a happenstance. The gout flare-ups in the night because of the relatively lower temperatures. This kind of temperature is a major factor in the build-up of the uric acid crystals.

Chronic Gout vs. Acute Gout

When all’s said and done, gout will always be gout. I don’t mean that the chronic gout is lesser painful than acute gout. What I mean is that, both of these are really revocable. Yes. You read it right. You may remove the “chronic”, as well as the “acute” words, and even gout itself!

Chronic gout doesn’t have to be chronic. Nonetheless, you will be needing an open mind. First, the meds that you take for gout, don’t really cure gout. The allopurinol, febuxostat and colchicine are all just deceptions, which fool you into believing you are being cured.

The question now is, what is the root of the condition? The answer is, the uric acid! Without this uric acid, there‘ll be no gout at all. Without gout, there’ll be no pain at all. If you end uric acid, then you can end your suffering.

The process of reversing the uric acid is a very long subject to tackle on. However, mark my words: it is interesting and worth it.


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