REDUCING THE RISK OF FUTURE ATTACKS

Lowering your uric acid level can help reduce the risk of gout attacks.

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Take Action: Work With Your Doctor

Once you've worked with your doctor to manage the immediate pain of a gout attack, it's time to talk about ways to reduce your risk of having attacks in the future. Unfortunately, most people who've experienced a gout attack will suffer another within a year.

So it's important to talk to your doctor about developing a comprehensive gout treatment plan. This may include making positive lifestyle changes, like eating more healthy foods, getting enough exercise, and losing weight if needed. These changes may make a difference in your gout and your overall health. In addition, your doctor may consider including medicines that are specifically for treating acute gout pain and chronic gout.

Managing your gout over the long term is especially important because gout continues to progress silently—even between attacks when you're not paying attention to it.

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