Arthritis and Gout
Osteoarthritis & Gout Relief Service
Our Osteoarthritis relief prescription service consists of a free consultation with our online doctor, a private prescription (if suitable) and the supply of appropriate medication.
Tablets for gout: Colchicine
Around 10 million people in the United Kingdom are affected by arthritis. Arthritis refers to the swelling of the joints and bones, and causes pain and difficulty in moving joints. Arthritis affects all ages and can occur in children. At present there is no cure, but there are a number of treatments that can relieve the symptoms.
The main symptoms of arthritis are swelling, pain and stiffness of the joints. Sufferers also experience redness and warmth in the skin over the joints. It is most common in the hands and often affects the knuckles, but can affect all joints in the body.
The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and affects 9 million people in the UK. With osteoarthritis the cartilage connecting the bones wastes way over a period of time, leading to the bones rubbing against each other. This frequently can affect the hands, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis is more common in people aged over 50.
Rheumatoid arthritis is less common and more painful. Here the body's immune system attacks the affected joints and tissues, causing swelling and pain. It is more common in women and usually starts between the ages of 40 and 50. We are unable to treat rheumatoid arthritis, where you should contact your doctor.
How to treat osteoarthritis?
There are a number of medicines that can help to relieve the pain and slow down the disease and damage to joints and tissues. You can start by taking a free online consultation with our doctor.
Gout introduction and symptoms
Gout is a common form of arthritis where the symptoms are painful inflammation of the joints, often the big toe.
Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid that causes crystals to form in the joints, leading to pain and inflammation. It is more common in men aged 40-60 and women aged 60-80. The excess of uric acid is made worse by alcohol, usually beer, and by consuming red meat and sea food.
How to treat gout?
Gout is readily treatable by taking medication and by lifestyle changes. You can start by taking a free online consultation with our doctor.