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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 changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments

Revision Information

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  • 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%5FInfo/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%5FInfo/Gout/gout%5Fff.pdf. Accessed July 12, 2013.