How is high uric level treated?

If you’re having a gout attack, medication can be used to reduce the inflammation, pain and swelling. You should drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and sweet soft drinks. Ice and elevation are helpful.

Kidney stones may eventually pass out of the body in urine. Drinking more fluid is important. Try to drink at least 64 ounces daily (8 glasses at eight ounces a piece). Water is best.

Your doctor may also prescribe medications that help stones pass by relaxing the muscles in the ureter, the duct that urine passes through to get from the kidney to the bladder.

If the stone is too large to pass, blocks the flow of urine or causes an infection, it might be necessary to surgically remove the stone.

Can high uric acid level be managed and prevented?

High uric acid level can be managed and flares in the joint pain controlled and stopped with a long-term program of disease management. Your doctor can prescribe medications that dissolve the deposits of uric acid crystals. A lifelong urate-lowering therapy may be needed, with medications that prevent gout flares and ultimately dissolve crystals that are already in your body.

Other ways to help control high uric acid levels include:

  • Losing weight, if necessary
  • Watching what you eat (limit your intake of fructose corn syrup, organ meats, red meat, fish, and alcoholic beverages)

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