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Uric Acid (Overview)

Uric acid is a naturally-occurring waste product produced by the body. Humans are not very good at getting rid of uric acid, and in some people it builds up and causes a form of joint pain (usually toe pain) called gout.


Allison Greco Dr. Greco
General Practice
5 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What is uric acid?

What is uric acid?

Protein Waste: Uric acid is a normal byproduct of proteins & other biological molecules. If there is too much uric acid in your body, it can accumulate crystals in your joints & cause a type of arthritis called "gout." your doctor can measure the uric acid in your blood or take a sample from your joints to determine if you have gout. Medications & dietary changes can help decrease your uric acid level.

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Uric Acid (Overview)

Uric acid is a naturally-occurring waste product produced by the body. Humans are not very good at getting rid of uric acid, and in some people it builds up and causes a form of joint pain (usually toe pain) called gout.


Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What to do when your uric acid high?

Look at trend also: If a lab test is abnormal, it is important to get older records to see how quickly it is changing and how abnormal is has been. That information can be obtained by a primary care doctor who can then refer a patient to providers with special expertise if needed.

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith Dr. Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Pls tell in detail what type of food shud she eat as she is a diabetic TB patient whose uric acid is 6.3. Pls describe in detail what to give and what n?

Pls tell in detail what type of food shud she eat as she is a diabetic TB patient whose uric acid is 6.3. Pls describe in detail what to give and what n?

Diet: Avoid liver, heart, red muscle meat, pork, fatty meats, alcohol; eat whole fruit, whole veg, pasta, nuts, fish, egg white, drink 3 liters fluid per day; bread is ok; peanut butter is excellent

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Dr. Steven Sheskier Dr. Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
35 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Tell me at what figure of blood uric acid level a person can be called gout?

Tell me at what figure of blood uric acid level a person can be called gout?

Highlevel predispose: Gout can occur where serum uric acid levels are as low as 6 mg/dl but an individual can have serum values as high as 9.6 mg/dl and not have gout. Depending on the lab normal range any level above 8 mg/dl is called hyperurecemia. The higher the level of uric acid the more likely you are to experience a gout attack but not necessarily.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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How much time must work fast before the analysis of uric acid?

See below: Please restate your question---it is not clear what you are asking.

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Dr. Leslie Aufseeser Dr. Aufseeser
Podiatry
44 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I am 29 and had gout attack 45 days ago. Serum level uric acid was 8.7.Hav started allopurinol 100mg daily. Is the med safe and can be affective for it?

I am 29 and had gout attack 45 days ago. Serum level uric acid was 8.7.Hav started allopurinol 100mg daily. Is the med safe and can be affective for it?

Yes: Allopurinol has been around for many years and has proven to be safe and effective for high uric acid levels. I believe 100mg daily is a low dose. Up to 600mg per day can be taken. I would recommend a repeat uric acid blood test. If still elevated discuss increasing the dose with your medical doctor.

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Dr. John Ewald Dr. Ewald
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Is a uric acid level of 10.3 mg/dl dangerous? I m already on diet for this condition but I still got it in this test higher than before

Is a uric acid level of 10.3 mg/dl dangerous? I m already on diet for this condition but I still got it in this test higher than before

Risk - kidney stones: Have you ever had a kidney stone? Believe me you would know if you did! The pain would not be easily forgotten. Having a uric acid level higher than 6.0 puts you at risk for kidney stone formation. I presume that along with diet, you were advised to increase water intake. If appropriate, there are medications available that can lower uric acid levels

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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50yr lady hypertensive since 8yrs now developed joint pain, uric acid level 7.3, what is the cause of inc uric acid n treatment?

50yr lady hypertensive since 8yrs now developed joint pain, uric acid level 7.3, what is the cause of inc uric acid n treatment?

See details: Unless you have severe pain and swelling, you do not have gout. It you do not have gout, then there is no reason to treat a mildly elevated uric acid of only 7.3 mg/dl. Look for other causes.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My knees were hurting, dr. Advised blood test, results: my uric acid level is 7.4 h, what does that mean? What should I do?

My knees were hurting, dr. Advised blood test, results: my uric acid level is 7.4 h, what does that mean? What should I do?

Not much: A normal uric acid level pretty much rules out gout, but that's it. It's unlikely that gout will announce itself as pain in both knees that isn't really severe. Many healthy people have higher uric acid levels than you do. Your physician knows what the next steps are. Good luck.

Dr. Scott Shields Dr. Shields
Podiatry
25 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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What does this mean doc- cra positive. Uric acid 5.7 RA negative?

What does this mean doc- cra positive. Uric acid 5.7 RA negative?

Lab results: I don't know about a "cra" blood test. There's a standard CRP test, for c reactive protein. CRP is a marker for inflammation. An elevated CRP means that you have inflammation somewhere in your body from anything from a fall to a infection. Uric acid of 5.7 if you are not taking gout medicine you likely do not have gout. Ra neg - you do not have rheumatoid arthritis. :).

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith Dr. Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. What does this mean?

My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. What does this mean?

Gout and uric acid 7: The risk of gout rises with height of uric acid level. Values above 5-6 are able to trigger gout. Other variables matter, such as diet, alcohol, joint stress, body weight. Help him modify risk. He can lower uric acid levels and reduce likelihood of further gout.

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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How to reduce high uric acid? I ve 8.6.

How to reduce high uric acid? I ve 8.6.

Need to treat!: Hyperuricemia will lead in time to urate deposits in your joints. Gout will follow! Also kidney stones and uric acid nephropathy will ultimately develop. You should be treated so none occur!

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Is uric acid, serum low at 3.6? What are the reasons of a low uric acid?

Is uric acid, serum low at 3.6? What are the reasons of a low uric acid?

Can be urine loss: You can lose uric acid in you urine. It can be nothing but sometimes occur in certain kidney problems. It is called hypouricemia. I usually see it in a setting where there are no problems.

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith Dr. Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How can a cold weather be a factor on gout attacks with normal uric acid level?

Gout and cold: Gout is most common in toes. Toes have lower temp. Cold affects toes a lot. Uric acid crystals precipitate in colder areas. Like toes

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Dr. Danny Proffitt Dr. Proffitt
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What's uric acid?

Metabolis by-product: Uric acid is formed in the process of metabolism of proteins by the body. It can also form with high cellular turnover in persons undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for cancer. Uric acid can get to high levels and precipitate out in the body in joints, soft tissues and in the kidneys to give "gout". Medications, diet, hydration are the treatments.

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Allison Greco Dr. Greco
General Practice
5 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What is uric acid?

Protein Waste: Uric acid is a normal byproduct of proteins & other biological molecules. If there is too much uric acid in your body, it can accumulate crystals in your joints & cause a type of arthritis called "gout." your doctor can measure the uric acid in your blood or take a sample from your joints to determine if you have gout. Medications & dietary changes can help decrease your uric acid level.

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What is uric acid?

Chemical in Ur Blood: Uric acid is a chemical produced in the human body and filtered out by kidneys via the urine. It is relatively harmless unless the blood level is high (>7mg/dl). In that case it can cause kidney damage. Also the uric acid tends to deposit into the Joints where it can cause a painful type of Arthritis called Gout. tell us why you asked this question? ....that way we can be more helpful to you.