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A 19-year-old male asked:

which types of foods must be avoided by a patient with high uric acid?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Diane Deschino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Low purine diet: Avoid shellfish, oatmeal, cauliflower, beans, red meat, red wine.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Diet is no help: Studies have shown conclusively that a low purine diet has only minimal effect on the serum uric acid. Other than avoiding alcohol, do not waste your time with diets.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes a high uric acid? Whether it can be cured?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Several: Some have a deficiency that makes them unable to eliminate enough uric acid. Others produce too much. Chemotherapy causing the bursting of blood cells can cause high uric acid. Uric acid when too high can cause kidney stones and gout attacks. It is unhealthy for the blood vessels. A diet low in purines (search web for "gout diet" or "low purine diet") can help. Meds sometimes are needed.
A 45-year-old male asked:

How to reduce high uric acid? I ve 8.6.

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Treat the person: Many people with a uric acid of this level and normal kidney function testing have no problems, including no gout. If it not troubling you, consider leaving it alone. Life's too complicated as it is to alter your diet to "treat a number." if your physician has not urged any course of action for you, then consider doing nothing.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symtoms of high uric acid levels and what might cause them?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Uric acid symptoms: Many patients have no symptoms of high uric acid (ua) levels. Once they have a gouty attack, symptoms are readily perceived. People who drink excessively can make their blood more acidotic which can precipitate gouty attacks. It is best to lower your ua as it is increasing be found to be a cardiovascular risk factor. See a physician to see if there are drugs that can lower your serum ua level.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Alcohol does not make blood more acidic. It raises serum uric acid levels by its effect on tubular secretion and possibly reabsorption of uric acid.
May 27, 2013
A 40-year-old member asked:

Discomfort under my kneecaps after high uric acid. What to do for this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
May not be gout: Need an evaluation. If an effusion (fluid in the joint space) is present tap it and look to see if gout drystals present. More likely you have typical knee pain. Perform quad sets for help. In bed tighten the quads and hold for 10 seconds, then relax for 10 seconds. Do this 20 times in am and pm. If typical knee pain it should get better in 2 weeks. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin are good pain reliever.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Discomfort under my kneecaps after high uric acid. Fastest cure for this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Might not be gout: Pain under both knees is unlikely gout. Usually gout is 1 joint. The affected joint is almost always red, hot, swollen and in fact frequently looks infected. The high uric acid may be unrelated, many people with high levels do not develop out. The only way to truly diagnose gout is to stick a needle in the joint, drain the fluid and look at it under a polarized light. Treatment depends on dx.

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