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There is no way to prevent gout, but people with gout can improve their symptoms and reduce the frequency of acute attacks by following certain steps in terms of dietary and lifestyle changes.
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First acute attack of gout in most cases subsides in 3–10 days. Treatment with medications can effectively control pain in acute gout attack within 12 to 48 hours.
Gout is a common type of inflammatory arthritis that causes sudden and severe pain, swelling and tenderness. It is caused because of deposition of excess uric acid (hyperuricemia) in joints and other tissues of the body.
Gout is a common type of inflammatory arthritis, which can affect anyone. Any joint in the body can be affected, but it most commonly affects the joint of the big toe.
There is no cure for gout, but with the available treatment, acute symptoms (pain, swelling of joints) can be controlled and recurrent acute attacks can be prevented in most patients.
Gout is suspected based on the history of attacks of painful arthritis, particularly at the base of the toes and tests will be done to confirm the diagnosis. Arthrocentesis is the most reliable test to diagnose the presence of uric acid crystals in joint fluid.
Gout usually presents with acute symptoms. Some of the characteristic features of acute gout attacks are rapid onset of pain in the affected joint, warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration and marked tenderness.
There is no cure for gout. Medications used for treatment of gout include NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac), colchicines, steroids to control inflammation and pain.