Gout: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Limit intake of foods rich in purine like meat, fish    
  • Maintain a healthy weight according to the height  
  • Limit or avoid alcohol consumption
  • Stay away from coffee and other caffeinated products
  • Limit intake of sugar and its products
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy bodyweight
  • Keep yourself well hydrated to prevent further gout attacks
Lifestyle changes such as controlling weight, limiting alcohol consumption, and limiting meals with meats and fish rich in purines, can be helpful in controlling gout.

Watch Out

  • Fever may appear with acute attacks
  • Severe
  • Deposition of urate crystals under the skin in nodules called tophi this is especially seen in ears, fingers, hands, feet
  • Urate crystals may collect in the urinary tract of people with gout, causing kidney stones
urate crystals

When to See Doctor

  Consult a doctor if you have
  • Swollen, tender joints with redness of the affected area
  • Severe pain in the  joint that comes on very quickly 

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