Could I Have Gout?

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If you’re plagued by joint pain such as gout, our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut can help you find relief.

What Causes Gout?

Sometimes, your body can build up too much uric acid. The acid causes uric acid crystals to develop in your body. These crystals most often accumulate in your joints, where they can cause intense pain.
In general, men, overweight people, people with diabetes and people who have kidney trouble are more likely to develop gout. Certain foods and drinks can also promote gout. These include alcohol, red meat, and seafoods including shellfish, anchovies, sardines and tuna.

Gout Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Joint is hot to the touch
  • Visible swelling and redness

How Can I Get Rid of Gout?

You can’t completely cure gout, but you can prevent flare-ups. First, your doctor will order lab tests during an active gout spell. He or she will look for uric acid crystals in the painful joint.
After a positive diagnosis, your provider may prescribe medicine for pain and to lower uric acid levels. He or she will suggest changes in your diet to limit gout’s effects.

Get Gout and About

  • Drink in moderation or not at all.
  • Limit red meat—especially organ meat—and seafood.
  • Lose weight, if necessary.
  • Exercise regularly, but choose activities that protect any painful joints, such as swimming or water aerobics.

We are here for you! Visit the AFC Urgent Care Farragut website today to learn about our services and how you can schedule a visit.



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Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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