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Do doctors treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout the same way?

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Neither rheumatoid arthritis (RA) nor gout is curable. But there are treatments to help manage your symptoms. Some are the same for either condition:

When it comes to treating the underlying disease, doctors focus their efforts on treating the cause.

RA treatment may include drugs that suppress the immune system.

Gout treatment usually includes medications that prevent the buildup of uric acid crystals.

What you eat can also affect the levels of uric acid in your blood. If you have gout, take these steps to prevent an attack:

  • Pain treatments. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen can help with either condition. A medication called colchicine can also help ease gout pain.
  • Inflammation treatments. Corticosteroids like prednisone can help with inflammation and the pain it causes.
  • Limit alcohol
  • Eat less meat
  • Maintain a healthy weight

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Arthritis,” “Gout,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Is it arthritis or gout?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

CDC: “Gout.”

International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology : “Occurrence of gout in rheumatoid arthritis: it does happen! A population-based study.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 27, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Arthritis,” “Gout,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Is it arthritis or gout?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

CDC: “Gout.”

International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology : “Occurrence of gout in rheumatoid arthritis: it does happen! A population-based study.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 27, 2020

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