Treating gout as soon as it is diagnosed is essential in preventing chronic gout as well as managing the pain and other symptoms before they get out of control.
After diagnosis, your doctor will more than likely prescribe Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are used to control inflammation and pain as a result of the gout; over –the-counter options for these include ibuprofen and naproxen. Side effects of these type drugs include the risk of stomach pain, bleeding, and ulcers.
For those unable to take NSAIDs, doctors can prescribe colchicine, a pain reliever known for its ability to cut the pain of gout. However, this medication has a catch – it is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. A lower dosage can still lessen the pain, but still usually has mild side effects.
Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, also have the ability to control gout inflammation and pain. This medication can be administered as a pill or through a needle straight into you joint(s), but similarly to NSAIDs and colchicines, corticosteroids come with side effects as well including thinning bones, poor wound healing, and a decreased ability to fight infection. Taking a lower dose for a shorter amount of time can reduce the side effects and control the symptoms, but there is still a risk of side effects.
As an alternative to over the counter drugs or prescriptions, we recommend Naturasil for Gout. Naturasil for Gout helps to relieve the discomfort and soreness that comes with gout. Naturasil for Gout is a proprietary blend of 100% natural extracts that penetrate the skin, helping to reduce gout symptoms. This is one of the few all-natural options available that works with your immune system to calm your body.
In addition to medication, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of a gout flare up.
1. Drink 8-16 cups of fluid every day with at least half of that fluid being water.
2. Avoid alcohol whenever possible.
3. Eat a moderate amount of protein from foods like tofu, eggs, and nut butters.
4. Limit your daily intake of meat, fish, and poultry to 4-6 ounces.
Avoid the following foods if possible to avoid future flare ups:
- Scallops – Full of purines, seafood in general is a must to avoid especially during a flare up. When your gout is at bay, scallops and salmon are okay to have once in a while.
- Herring – While scallops and salmon are okay once in a while, herring should be completely removed from your menu. Tuna and anchovies are also off the list. Lobster, shrimp, eel, and crab are also okay to indulge in every so often, but remember to limit your daily intake of meat to 4-6 ounces a day.
- Beer – Not only will beer increase your uric acid levels, it will also make it more difficult for your body to purge these toxins from your body. Wine is a better choice, but avoiding alcohol altogether is your best option.
- Turkey – Yes, next Thanksgiving you’ll need to trade in your turkey for a fish, chicken, or duck. Leg meat is the best choice when compared to a chicken breast with skin.
- Sugary Drinks – Sodas, ‘fruit’ juices, anything with that fructose corn syrup is a no-no for someone who suffers from gout. Corn syrup stimulates the body to produce more uric acid (not to mention all the sugar will pack on the pounds).
- High-Purine Vegetables – Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms are higher in purines than other vegetables, but you don’t need to avoid them completely. Just make sure these vegetables are eaten infrequently.
There are also foods that will help protect you against gout, including low-fat dairy foods, complex carbohydrates, coffee, and fruits. Once you get used to the diet, it will be easy to maintain. Gout doesn’t go away, but its symptoms can certainly be managed and reduced.