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How to decrease Gout Symptoms?

Gout treatment options are often limited for those who have been diagnosed. Although prescription drugs are available, each has its own side effects and few offer long-term relief. While medications may be necessary at times to reduce inflammation or uric acid levels, true gout treatment requires more. Today, we will discuss some tips for managing gout without becoming a slave. Can Gout be Prevented? This is a common question that people who are new to gout treatment, or have recently been diagnosed with it, ask.

Chronic Condition

Gout is a chronic condition that can not be treated. However, there are preventative measures that can reduce symptoms and increase the days you can live without pain or swelling. Your diet can make a huge difference. It is important to avoid foods high in purines as uric acid is formed from their breakdown. Purines are extremely high in liver, kidneys, and other organ food, as well as fish like anchovies or sardines.

Purines are also found in most meats and fish. Research shows that dairy foods have a lower risk of developing gout than other foods, even though they contain higher purine counts than the average. Although it is not recommended to exercise or walk during a flare-up of gout, regular activity can help increase the effectiveness of gout treatment.

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Even moderate exercise like walking or gardening can reduce stiffness and increase strength and range of motion in affected joints. Research has shown that exercise can increase the body’s tolerance to pain. However, it is not recommended to exercise a joint that has become inflamed. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the severity and appearance of gout symptoms.

Reduce or eliminate alcohol intake. High uric acid levels can be increased by drinking. Cigarette smoking can also be important. A healthy weight can help reduce joint stress, and the right diet can help to decrease uric acid intake. Gout treatment should not be limited to prescription medication. These medications may be necessary at times for symptom management but they cannot replace prevention. It is wise to learn as much as you can about living with gout. You will discover that there are many things you can do in order to reduce your symptoms.

 

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