What is Uric Acid?
Uric acid is as a waste product normally found in blood, created when body breaks down the chemicals known as purines. While most of the uric acid dissolves in blood, to pass through kidneys and leave the body with urine, sometimes it might accumulate in the body and cause hyperuricemia- high uric acid.
High Uric Acid Level
Uric acid high level in the body can lead to formation of uric acid crystals, that might settle in joints and lead to gout (a type of arthritis that can be extremely painful). The crystals can also settle in the kidneys sometimes, and cause kidney stones.
While high uric acid is not categorized as a disease and might not produce symptoms, an expert orthopedic can check uric acid level for individuals who had an attack of gout, or some types of kidney stones. If left untreated, uric acid high level can cause permanent joint, bone, and tissue damage- and in some cases, also heart, and kidney diseases.
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For consultation regarding high uric acid treatment or any other orthopedic issue, contact Al Hilal Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, today and get an appointment with the best Orthopedic in Bahrain.
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Uric Acid Normal Range
Uric acid normal range is between 3.5 to 7.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)- however, the range might differ slightly in different laboratories. To get more information regarding normal range of uric acid, book consultation with expert orthopedic surgeons and consultants at Al Hilal Hospital Bahrain, Department of Orthopedics.
Uric Acid Causes
High uric acid is usually caused because:
- The body is producing excess uric acid
- The body is not able to get rid of all the uric acid it is producing
- Sometimes, a combination of both.
Other high uric acid causes include:
- Diuretics (water retention relievers)
- Drinking excess alcohol
- Drinking excess soda or eating food containing fructose (type of sugar)
- Genetics or inherited traits
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Kidney disease
- Immune-suppressing drugs
- Metabolic syndrome
- Niacin (vitamin B-3)
- Polycythemia vera
- Tumor lysis syndrome- a condition caused by certain cancers or chemotherapy, in which cells are rapidly released into the blood. Patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy are hence advised to keep monitoring uric acid levels.
- Prone-rich diet- including game meat, liver, sardines, and anchovies
High Uric Acid Symptoms
While there are no clear high uric acid symptoms, high levels of uric acid can lead to gout symptoms, which include:
- Stiffness in joints
- Severe joint pain
- Difficulty in moving affected joints
- Swelling and redness
- Misshapen joints
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For early diagnosis and treatment of high uric acid and other orthopedic disorders, contact Al Hilal Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, today and get an appointment with the best Orthopedic in Bahrain. Our representatives are also available on WhatsApp helpline, in Al Hilal Manama, Salmabad, Riffa and Muharraq branches.
How to Control Uric Acid/ Uric Acid Food to Avoid
If you are looking for ‘how to control uric acid’, here is a list of uric acid food to avoid:
- Food item with purines: these include organ meats, red meat, beer, sardines, shellfish, legumes, and poultry
- Sugar rich items: including packaged food
- Sugary beverages
Uric Acid Treatment
Uric acid treatment includes medication to dissolve the uric acid crystals, and to manage the flares in joint pain caused by high levels of uric acid in the body. Usually, lifelong urate-lowering therapy is required to dissolve uric acid crystals present in body and to prevent result gout flares.
In addition to medication, uric acid treatment also includes:
- Losing weight, if required
- Avoiding intake of purine and fructose-rich food items
- Increasing intake of water
- Eating more whole food items, fresh fruits and avoiding sugar
Al Hilal Hospital Bahrain, Department of Orthopedics
If you are having symptoms of high uric acid, or any other orthopedic disorder, consult an expert orthopedic at the earliest. At Al Hilal Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, we have highly qualified and experienced doctors, modern equipment, and state-of-the-art laboratories, to provide early detection and treatment options for all the patients.
Contact Al Hilal Hospital, and get consultation with the best orthopedic in Bahrain today- for early diagnosis and effective treatment of high uric acid and all other orthopedic disorders. For your convenience, our representatives are available on WhatsApp helpline, in Al Hilal Manama, Salmabad, Riffa and Muharraq branches.
We also offer exclusive packages and privilege cards for additional benefits, to provide affordable yet exceptional healthcare services to all our patients.