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what is the treatment for gout and how long will it last?

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The treatment for gout usually consists of initially reducing the symptoms it causes followed by medication to reduce the frequency of any future attacks. As Gout is caused by the formation of crystals due to high levels of uric acid in the blood the medication given aims to both lower this level which reduces future crystal formation whilst also dissolving existing ones. 

This type of treatment is usually given long term whilst management of the symptoms of gout  requires shorter term medications. A variety of medications can be used for treating Gout and can be altered according to patient response. When experiencing an attack of Gout it is usually advisable to rest and elevate the affected limb and you may find applying an ice pack to the area wrapped in a soft towel to prevent skin burns from the cold can also help to alleviate some of the discomfort it causes. 

You may also like to look at the following  link -  this gives more detail on the different medications available and overall management of the condition including lifestyle advice.

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