During the holidays, there is so much to keep track of - but if you have ever suffered a gout attack in your big toe joint, you know that prevention is everything.  At parties and gatherings, be sure to stay away from excess alcohol as this can precipitate a gout attack.  Be sure to hydrate yourself and stay away from high fructose corn syrup, as this can cause an incrase level of uric acid in the blood which causes a gout flare up.  And finally, be sure to stay away from high sodium foods as this can dehydrate you, causing an increase in uric acid in your body.  Most of all, keep track of your gout medications and go over them with your primary doctor.  If you do think you are having a gout attack or a flare up, call our office ASAP and we can help! 

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