Treating Gout Attacks
Gout is a disease that affects the joints. Left untreated, it can lead to painful foot deformity and even kidney problems. But, by treating gout early, you can relieve pain and help prevent future problems. Gout can usually be treated with medication and proper diet. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.
Gout attacks are painful and often happen more than once. Taking medications may reduce pain and prevent attacks in the future. There are also some things you can do at home to relieve symptoms.
Medications for Gout
Your health care provider may prescribe a daily medication to reduce levels of uric acid. This may help prevent gout attacks. Other medications can help relieve pain and swelling during an attack. Be sure to take your medication as directed.
What You Can Do
Below are some things you can do at home to relieve gout symptoms. Your health care provider may have other tips.
How Can I Prevent Gout?
With a little effort, you may be able to prevent gout attacks in the future. Here are some things you can do:
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