Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the United Kingdom and refers to the swelling of joints and bones leading to pain and difficulty in moving joints.

The main symptoms are pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints, usually the hands and knuckles, but also the knees, hips and spine. Sufferers also experience redness and warmth in the skin over the joints.

There are two main forms of arthritis –osteoarthritis andrheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common in people aged over 50 and here the cartilage connecting the bones wastes away over time, with the bones rubbing against each otherArthrotec tabletsfor arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common and more painful. The body’s immune system attacks the affected joints and tissues causing swelling and pain.

Gout is a common form of arthritis where there is a build up of uric acid leading swelling and severe pain, the inflammation develops in the joints, usually the big toe.

Our bodies have the breakdown product, uric acid, and the majority of this is produced by the body. The purpose or uric acid is to break down substances, known as purine, which are usually passed out of the body in urine. If the uric acid is not passed from the body or if too much is produced, this can build up to form crystals. The gout is formed from the build up of these crystals around the body's joints leading to the inflammation and pain.

Purines will be found in the body naturally but it can also be found in some foods too. For example, foods like shellfish, red meat and offal, as well as this, certain alcohol such as beer and stout also carry purines. Following on from this, if a lot of alcohol is consumed this can cause dehydration which is another likely way for gout to form. Purines produced from diets account for around 5-10% of the total purines within our bodies. It is important to note that not everybody with high uric acid levels will develop gout, however if you have or do develop gout, monitoring your uric acid levels and potentially making some dietary changes could improve your situation.

The following is a list of potential triggers for gout:

  • Highly stresses or have had an illness

  • Injuring or bruising a joint. Being prone to gout and having more pain in the joint than you would have anticipated from a minor knock could be a sign of gout developing. You should seek treatment as soon as possible

  • Taking water tablets or low-dose aspirin

  • Dehydration

  • Obesity

Gout can be treated initially by running tests to see if you have a high level or uric acid in your body. If you have more frequent attacks of gout or evidence of kidney stones or joint damage, this can determine the level of treatment you will require. Gout is usually readily treatable by takingColchicine tablets.

Our Online Pharmacy has introduced an onlinearthritis and gout treatment service, consisting of a free online doctor’s consultation and if suitable a private prescription and medication, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home. We do not treat rheumatoid arthritis, where you should contact your own doctor.

To treat osteoarthritis, we provide a number of medications including Feldene and Traxam gels.

There are also several tablets to treat the symptoms – Arthrotec, Diclofenac, Indometacin, Nabumetone, Voltarol 50.

If you are concerned about arthritis and/or gout and could use the assistance of achemist online,you can browse our medicine orcontact us if you require specific help.