There is no cure for gout, but most symptoms and attacks can be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. The earlier gout is detected and treated, the better it can be controlled.
The goals of treatment for gout include:
Managing symptoms of an acute attack
Decreasing the risk of recurrence by managing uric acid levels
Preventing complications, such as joint or kidney damage, which can occur with recurrent attacks
Treatment options can vary by individual. Working with a healthcare team is important to help find the treatments that works best for each person.
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