02 Apr Quick Tips on Gout
Gout is a condition that I see very commonly. I love it. I love treating it. But I’m glad that I don’t have it…. 😉
Most gout is very easy to manage and to treat. In my experience, most people do very well with appropriate medications and dietary changes.
There are some key things that I get asked and things that people get confused about so here are some simple take home messages about Gout.
- Do not stop taking your preventer (Allopurinol or Febuxostat) unless your Rheumatologist tells you to. In the event of an acute attack do not stop it.
- Stopping and starting your preventer upsets the uric acid balance in the body and makes you more predisposed to flares.
- Diet changes can be a big support with Gout, but I don’t recommend doing these things without the support of medication if you get 4 or more attacks a year.
- There is a lot that is written about Gout and diet, but the bottom line is that your body will have a relationship with food that is unique.
- Work out your own triggers from your own experience, otherwise your diet will be very Spartan!
- Stopping alcohol is the single best thing you can do for Gout (apart from taking the drugs that you need!).