There is information about treating Gout below. The information outlines several lifestyle changes that may be beneficial for preventing future gout attacks, and information about common medications.
Making smart dietary choices may help to prevent the onset of Gout symptoms. However, medications are the most proven and effective way to treat Gout.
- Drink sufficient amounts of fluid each day – including water
- Avoid the use of alcohol
- Avoid high-purine foods including beer, all types of alcoholic beverages, anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring, yeast, organ meat such as liver and kidneys, sweetbreads, legumes including peas and dried beans, meat extracts, gravy, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and cauliflower.
- Dark berries may contain chemicals that help to lower uric acid and reduce joint inflammation.
- Eating Tofu which is made from soybeans could be a smarter choice than eating meat.
- The fatty acids found in certain types of fish such as salmon, olive oil, flax, and nuts may possess some natural anti-inflammatories.
Medical Treatment For Gout
Treatment for gout generally involves the use of certain medications. Various medications are prescribed to:
- Treat acute gout attacks, and prevent future attacks
- Reduce risk of gout complications such as deposits of urate crystals that can cause nodules to form under the skin
Medications commonly used to treat Gout include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs (over the counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs) may help control inflammation and reduce pain. The use of NSAIDs carry the risk of stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers.
- Colchicine. Colchicine is effective in treating acute gout attacks. Colchicine can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. A lower daily dose of colchicine is useful to prevent future gout attacks.
- Corticosteroids such as prednisone, generally resolve gout inflammation and pain. Corticosteroids may be administered in pill form, or injected into your joint. Due to the potential side effects, corticosteroids are generally prescribed to people who can’t take NSAIDs or colchicine, or if these medications aren’t working.
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