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Gout - Other Treatment

Complementary therapies may be used by some people to relieve symptoms caused by gout.2

  • Cherries and an herb called devil's claw have been used as anti-inflammatories. Research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of these and other complementary medicines to treat gout.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is known to reduce chronic inflammation. It has not yet been studied to see whether it can help reduce inflammation from gout.
  • Although it's still just a theory, some studies show that folic acid may be helpful in inhibiting the enzyme needed to produce uric acid.

Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are considering taking vitamins, minerals, or other remedies to help reduce future gout attacks.

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Understanding Gout -- Diagnosis & Treatment

To diagnose gout, blood and urine tests are needed but may not always give the answer.  Demonstrating high uric acid in the blood is essential, but you can have a high level of uric acid without having gout. Or you may have normal uric acid levels at the time of a gout attack.  To confirm the presence of gout, fluid drawn from the affected joint may be examined under a special polarizing microscope to see if it shows the characteristic crystals.  X-rays are useful in confirming long-term or chronic...

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Last Updated: June 12, 2012
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