PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are ways to fight gout?

ANSWER

The good news is that gout can be controlled with medicine. To manage the pain, apply ice, raise the affected area, rest, and take a pain reliever like aspirin or ibuprofen. These steps can help prevent another gout attack:

People with gout usually do quite well once they learn to manage an attack and prevent future attacks. The first step is to see your doctor to make sure that gout is the real cause of those red, painful, swollen joints.

  • Exercise and eat a balanced diet to control your weight.
  • Drinking lots of water may prevent uric acid stones. 
  • Stay away from sugary drinks.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat less meat and seafood. Get protein from things like low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk).
  • Take medicines to lower uric acid levels.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What is trigger finger?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.