Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How can I prevent gout?

Individuals often learn what causes their own gout attacks. As previously discussed, certain foods with high concentrations of purines can be avoided. Drinking alcohol should be moderated. Prescription and non-prescription medications should be reviewed with your doctor (it is important that you not discontinue a medication without consulting your doctor, as an untreated condition such as high blood pressure may be worse than a gouty attack). Other common causes of a gouty attacks include dehydration, injury to a joint, surgery, and a febrile illness. Prevention should focus on avoidance of these situations. If surgery is needed, discuss with your doctor whether prophylactic medication to prevent a gouty attack is appropriate.

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