Looking at Gout Long Term

Know the potential long-term consequences if uric acid levels remain high.

Managing gout long term

What Causes Gout? High Uric Acid

Gout Symptoms in Big Toe

Painful attacks may be the symptom most associated with gout, but you shouldn't let them prevent you from addressing its underlying cause. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood (hyperuricemia). As your uric acid level rises, so does the potential for gout and gout flares.

There are pain medications available to help during gout flares. But taking steps to decrease your uric acid and keeping it at a healthy level (less than 6 mg/dL) can help you manage gout over the long term.

There are options that may help get you there. So, if you're still suffering from gout flares, it's time to take action. Talk with your healthcare professional about your flares and your high uric acid level. To help you prepare for a more informed conversation with your doctor, use the Gout Conversation Card.

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