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A 40-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between gout and pseudogout?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Different crystals: Gout is caused by uric acid crystals in the joint, pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophoshate crystals. Both can cause painful swollen joints. A correct diagnosis is important to get the right treatment.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
The type of crystal: Gout is caused by monosodium urate crystals. Pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophosphate crystals. In many ways they overlap with some of the same symptoms and treatments, but in other ways they can be very different.
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Different crystals: The difference is the type of crystals that are causing the pain and inflammation. The initial treatment is the same. The long term treatment will probably be different.

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I am trying to find out what kind of foods are good to eat to help your body if you havegout.

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Gout diet: Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, berries, color greens salads. Avoid high protein diet. Drink 8 glasses of pure water per day. Usually medical treatment is necessary as diet along will not control most of gout problems.
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How do I prevent gout from recurring?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Lower uric acid: There is medication to lower uric acid--which is diferrent than treating the acute attacks---need to decrease food which lead to uric acid.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can gout affect more than just joints?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: It can affect other organs such as kidneys as well.
A 22-year-old member asked:

I have heard certain food can increase your risk for gout.

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Dr. Kevin Gardner
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Gout: Usually proteins such as red meats can make gout worse.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is gout contagious; can I give it to my husband?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: Gout is not contagious. It is not an infection. Gout is a disorder of the metabolism of certain proteins in the body.

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