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Gout cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The goals of gout treatment are:

  • Managing symptoms
  • Preventing complications
  • Trying to decrease the risk of recurrence

Treatment may involve the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments

References:

Gout. American College of Rheumatology website. Available at: http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Patients/Diseases_And_Conditions/Gout. Updated September 2012. Accessed July 12, 2013.

Gout. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/gout. Accessed July 12, 2013.

Gout. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated February 13, 2013. Accessed July 12, 2013.

Gout treatment. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/gout/treatment.html. Updated March 2010. Accessed July 12, 2013.

Gout - treatment of acute attack. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated May 6, 2013. Accessed July 12, 2013.

Questions and answers about gout. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Gout/default.asp. Accessed July 12, 2013.

What is gout? National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Gout/gout_ff.pdf. Accessed July 12, 2013.



Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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