Gout attack

Question

I just have the acute Gouty Arthritis “attack” ( onflammation on my big toe.)Is there a way to avoid further attack or cure this ailment before it becomes severe? please help me… im just 41 year old without vices (no alcohol intake or cigarette). thank you

Answer

HI Carlos,

Gout is indeed very painful but the good news is that there are ways to prevent it.  Changes in your diet can help (search our website for ‘gout’ and you can read more about diet).  Also, medications such as colchicine and allopurinol can prevent further attacks and outstanding ways to prevent further attacks.  Weight loss for those who are overweight or obese, reduction in alcohol intake (especially beer), and staying hydrated are other manuevers that can help avoid gout attacks. 

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.