Learning More About Gout

Treatment for Gout

There is no cure for gout. However, people with the disease can take medications and make certain lifestyle changes in order to keep it under control. The goal of any of these prevention methods is to control uric acid in the blood -- keeping it below concentrations at which crystals can form. This can reduce both the discomfort caused by the symptoms of gout and long-term damage to the affected joints. Proper treatments can help prevent disability due to this condition.
 
(Click Gout Treatments for more information, including specific medicines that may be used. Click Gout Prevention for strategies that have been found to be helpful in preventing the disease.)
 

Dietary Factors

For people with gout, diet can play a role in causing an attack, because foods high in purines will increase the amount of uric acid the body makes. Therefore, the primary diet recommended for people with this condition is a low-purine diet. Also, eating more low-fat dairy products, which are low in purines, has been shown to decrease the chances of having an attack.
 
(Click Gout Diet or Foods That Cause Gout for more information.)
 

Stages of Gout

The four stages of gout are as follows:
 
  • Asymptomatic hyperuricemia
  • Acute gout (also known as acute gouty arthritis)
  • Interval or intercritical gout
  • Chronic tophaceous gout.
     
(Click Gout Stages to learn more.)
 
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