PDF, 2. You can also phone them on Health Navigator The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources. Better Health Channel The Victoria Australia state government provides online consumer-focused health and medical information. Skip to main content. Summary Treatment Prevention Living with Summary If you get a gout attack Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or Arthritis NZ educator about medicine to treat the gout attack and about taking medicine every day to bring down your uric acid levels and prevent further attacks.
Why do I get gout?
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How does gout affect you? Gout can be a sign you could get diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems. Gout can stop you feeling good about yourself and your life. What causes your gout attacks? Crystals can cause damage to your joints. What causes high uric acid in your body? This could be because of: your genes your weight kidney problems. How can you get rid of uric acid in your body? How you get rid of uric acid Most people get rid of uric acid through their urine. Treatment How uric acid medicines help you Some uric acid medicines stop your body making too much uric acid.
Some uric acid medicines help your body get rid of uric acid through your urine. Medicines for gout There are 2 types of medicines for gout. Uric acid medicines Uric acid medicines bring your uric acid levels down. You need to take them every day. Side effects Make sure you ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist what the side effects of uric acid medicine could be and what you should do if you get side effects. Side effects Most gout attack medicines should not be taken long term because they can cause side effects such as stomach problems.
Starting on uric acid medicine Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should start you on a low dose and slowly build up to a stronger dose. Checking your uric acid level When you take uric acid medicine your target is to get your uric acid levels down to 0.
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Your doctor has told you you have high uric acid levels Uric acid is a chemical that everyone has in their body. You have a family history of gout If people in your family have gout then you have a higher chance of getting gout. Things you can do to reduce your chances of getting gout by bringing down your uric acid levels Exercise Being overweight increases your uric acid levels.
Keep active. Stay fit. Keep playing sport. It's true that GP's guidelines advise you to consider diet and lifestyle: moderate, or almost zero, consumption of purine-rich foods — red meat, liver, kidneys, shellfish — is recommended; and instead of red wine, stouts and spirits, I was told I should stick to a sensible intake of white wine and lager. Rowe says: "A healthy lifestyle is important. That means reducing consumption of alcohol and purine-rich foods and not going on a high-protein or crash diet. So I couldn't help wondering if the occasional burger and bottle of red had actually been my undoing.
As for the benefits of drinking white wine, this is an old wives' tale. Consuming more than the recommended levels of alcohol does cause dehydration, which increases the likelihood of a gout attack.
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Even when you get treatment — usually anti-inflammatory drugs — it takes around a week to 10 days to work, and during this time the pain can be extremely disabling: lifting your foot to rest it on the sofa can cause agonising stabs. The preventative drug, allopurinol, can only be administered when the condition has calmed down, and has to be taken for the rest of your life as does the newly approved medication, febuxostat.
Since the first attack four years ago, my gout has returned annually and kept me company for a fortnight. I always keep my anti-inflammatory tablets to hand, because, despite my best efforts, I can't rule out another attack during the night.
What are early signs of gout?
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I couldn't even get out of bed," he recalls. A family history of gout made it easy for Vecchione to recognize the disease. The warmth and redness that Vecchione experienced are common symptoms of gout. Other gout symptoms include swelling and stiffness in the affected joint.
Gout can also affect the ankles, knees, wrists, or hands. Vecchione has learned how to keep his gout under control through medication, pain management strategies, and diet modifications. In most cases, a gout attack lasts a few days.
During an attack you should avoid eating meat to reduce your intake of purines and completely avoid alcohol. Common treatments for gout include:.
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Vecchione has also limited his seafood intake and eliminated alcohol. There are medications that can lower your risk of a gout attack, but since some patients have infrequent attacks, these medications are not always needed. Many patients have fewer than one attack per year.