Gout: How to avoid flare-ups

Gout is a form of arthritis that triggers joint pain, usually in the big toe. The condition is defined by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. It is important to note that uric acid is a natural compound present in the body. If there are excess amounts, the sharp uric acid crystals might buildup in the joints. This results to a flare-up of gout.

What are the signs of a flare-up?

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Rigidity or stiffness

Remember that gout can cause intense pain. The condition is managed with medications. In addition, lifestyle factors including the diet and lowering the stress levels can lessen or prevent the flare-ups of gout.

What are the food triggers of gout?


Remember that gout can cause intense pain.

Purine-rich foods

Those that are rich in purine can trigger a flare-up of gout. Since the body breaks down purines into uric acid, these foods must be avoided. Those that must be avoided are the organ and glandular meats as well as some seafood such as:

  • Scallops
  • Cod
  • Sardines
  • Shellfish
  • Mussels
  • Anchovies
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Organ meats


All forms of alcohol can increase the risk for gout and aggravate the symptoms. Certain types of alcohol such as beer also include purines. If the individual is susceptible to gout, the following must be avoided:

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Liquor
  • Cider

Sugary beverages

These beverages can trigger flare-ups of gout which is common among adults who are obese or overweight. If an individual is diagnosed with gout, limit or avoid sugary drinks such as:

  • Orange juice
  • Soda
  • Energy drinks
  • Sugary-flavored beverages
  • Sweetened ice tea
  • Sweetened lemonade
  • Fruit juice from concentrate

There are also certain medications and other factors that can trigger gout. Remember though that not all triggers can affect the symptoms.


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