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Tips for preventing Gout

Learn About Gout Prevention Tips Near Me Encinitas Area

Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause painful symptoms during a flare-up. Caused by a build-up of uric acid in the joints, flare-ups can appear suddenly with persistent discomfort. At Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center in Encinitas, California, we help patients manage flare-ups of gout through various methods; however, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to prevent your risk of future attacks.

Tips for preventing gout

Alter your diet

High uric acid levels in the blood lead to needle-like crystals accumulating in your joints, which causes pain in a gout attack. Uric acid is produced by the breakdown of purine, a chemical that occurs naturally in the body but also in many foods. Limiting your intake of high purine foods can aid in the prevention of a flare-up. Foods to limit include:

  • Red meat
  • Organ meats (liver/kidney)
  • Alcohol
  • Sugary foods
  • Anchovies
  • Shellfish

Lose excess weight

Being overweight is a risk factor for developing gout because your kidneys do not work as efficiently at eliminating uric acid. 

Reduce Stress

Stress can trigger a build-up of uric acid which can trigger a flare-up and can also make symptoms worse during an attack—finding ways to manage stress through exercise and other relaxation methods can help.

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Have a plan for treating an attack

Flare-ups of gout can occur at any time, even in the middle of the night, so it’s helpful to have a plan in place for handling them. When an attack occurs, there are a few things you can do to alleviate pain, including:

  • Elevate your foot
  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Apply ice (20 minutes several times per day)
  • Relax as much as possible

If you have been experiencing painful symptoms that you suspect may be gout, scheduling a consultation for diagnosis and treatment options is essential. Early treatment is a critical way to reduce the severity of future flare-ups. To schedule an appointment with Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center in Encinitas, California, call 760-509-2429.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd is a board-certified rheumatologist with exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other rheumatologic diseases. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. At his facility Seaside Rheumatology, he treats his patients using the latest technology and medical developments. Due to his impeccable academic records, modern approach to treatments and compassionate patient care, he is valued as one of the best rheumatologists in the Rheumatology field.

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