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What Is A High Uric Acid Blood Test?

If your doctor suspects you might have gout, he may order a test to determine if there is too much uric acid in your blood. Gout attacks that recur can cause permanent damage to the joints and kidneys. It is important to have your doctor diagnose you. This section will help you understand the causes of high uric acid and provide a summary of both natural and drug-based treatments. A blood test will show you the level of uric acid in blood. This will inform the doctor if you have higher than normal uric acid levels and, if so, gout.

Tests

A combined test that measures both your blood and urine levels can help you determine if your kidneys are not working well enough or if there are too many “purines” in your body. What are purines? These chemical compounds are found in our bodies and in our food. They are used in the body’s energy and protein production processes. During these processes, the purines are broken down and uric acid produced. Your kidneys first remove excess uric acids from your body. After that, they process it again, and then expel it.

This is where beneficial antioxidants are created. If your kidneys aren’t able to process the acid efficiently or the purines are being broken down too fast, the excess acid will be retained. This means that your blood contains too much uric acids. Gout is then caused by excessive uric acid in your blood.

Acid Level

The combined test will determine if your acid levels are higher than normal. It will also tell you if this is due to too much acid being produced or if your kidneys are not working properly. If your urine and blood levels are equal, this indicates that your kidneys work well. If the levels in both your blood and urine are the same, it means that your kidneys are functioning well. Either way, your body is storing too much acid, which can lead to painful gout. Gout sufferers are often prescribed medications to manage the symptoms.

These can last up to a week or more. These drugs include corticosteroids, colchicines, and non-steroidal antiinflammatory (NSAIDs). To lower your blood uric acid, you may be given allopurinol. These drugs have been proven to be very effective. These drugs can only treat the symptoms, and not the underlying cause of high uric acids. This is something that even the drugs that reduce acid levels can’t do. They can reduce acid levels, but they don’t address the underlying issues. Your levels will likely rise again if you take them. Gout sufferers take these medications almost every day for the rest of life. You should also consider the side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and bleeding, headaches, and stomach ulcers.

Natural Remedies

It is easy to see why so many people are turning to safer and more lasting natural remedies to manage their condition.

  • Drinking 2 to 3 liters water each day to flush out uric acid.
  • Consume cherries every day to benefit from their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties.
  • Use alternating cold and hot compresses to improve circulation and reduce inflammation.
  • Drinking raw apple cider daily to alter blood pH and neutralize the uric acid.
  • Switching to a low-purine diet can reduce the amount of uric acids in your body.

Gout symptoms can be eliminated using completely natural remedies. It is important to avoid frequent attacks as they can cause kidney stones and other problems. Gout attacks can also lead to more problems.