Treatments for gout depend on the stage of the patient’s condition. Those with hyperuricaemia (high uric acid levels) do not necessarily require treatment if they remain asymptomatic. It is wise however to investigate the cause of the hyperuricaemia and try to lower the uric acid levels through dietary modification and lifestyle changes. Such changes often include the switch to a predominantly plant-based diet as the major trigger for uric acid build-up is the presence of high purine foods in the diet, which largely consist of meat and animal products. Uric acid is a product of the breakdown of purine bases contained within DNA. Purines are then converted to uric acid for excretion in the urine and through the intestinal tract (to a lesser degree).
Can Gout Trigger Lyme Disease Symptoms?
Patients who respond well to gout medications such as Indocin and Colchicine are likely to be diagnosed with gout unless the physician suspects otherwise. Some physicians may order a Western blot on either blood or fluid extracted from the affected joint which can shed light on the condition should it not respond to medication or not resolve adequately from treatment for gout. It is also a possibility that the inflammation occurring in patients with gout may actually trigger symptoms of Lyme disease. Where systemic inflammation occurs this accentuates damage to cells, tissues, and organs, which could be felt anywhere in the body, thus treating gout effectively may help reduce the incidence of Lyme disease symptoms themselves.
Dangerous Gout Treatment Can Worsen Lyme Disease Symptoms
One of the highly inadvisable alternative treatments for Lyme disease, the ingestion of sea-salt could actually increase symptoms of gout in a patient with the condition. There is no evidence that sea-salt can treat Lyme disease, but it has been shown to increase the risks of high blood pressure, problems with heart function, renal (kidney) function, and all manner of cellular processes including an increase in uric acid levels.
Removing high-purine foods from the diet remains an effective way to treat gout symptoms and reduce flare-ups; animal food products such as liver, sardines, Oxo and Bovril, game meats, organ meats, anchovies, and other seafood and fish all contain high levels of purine. Other foods containing a moderate amount of purine include beef, poultry, pork, fish, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, green peas, lentils, oatmeal, mushrooms, beans, and wheat. Where symptoms of Lyme disease and gout co-exist the adoption of a low-purine diet may be beneficial to both conditions.