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Arthritis Health Center

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Gout - Prevention

Gout usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. You probably won't know that you have an elevated uric acid level in your blood until you have had your first gout attack.

But you can help prevent or reduce the severity of future gout attacks. To learn more, see Home Treatment.

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