The holidays are a time of celebration – family dinners, office parties, and other social gatherings. There are often lots of great-tasting holiday goodies and beverages to eat and drink. However, if you suffer from gout, overindulgence of these holiday treats can cause your symptoms to flare, leading to pain and a not-so-jolly holiday season.

What is Gout?

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid (a waste product of the body) in the blood that builds up over time. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines found naturally in the body and in different types of food. When the body overproduces uric acid, or is unable to excrete uric acid, painful deposits of needle-like crystals form in the joints, leading to inflammation.

Typically gout only affects one joint. In 90% of people, the first episode of gout appears in the base of the big toe. However, gout can also occur in the ankle, elbow, shoulder or wrist. Initial attacks last about 4 days, but later bouts can last a week or more. Chronic gout can affect more than one joint.

Symptoms of gout include:

• Sudden, severe joint pain – often described as throbbing, crushing or excruciating.
• Swelling, redness, and/or warmth around the joint.
• Sensitivity to touch, even from a light bedsheet.
• Possible fever.
• Possible kidney stone symptoms.

Managing Gout during the Holidays

The best way to manage gout is to avoid foods that can lead to the overproduction of uric acid in the body. These include:

• Alcohol, including beer
• Seafood, including anchovies, herring, trout, ocean perch and shell fish
• Organ meats, including liver, kidneys and sweetbreads
• Red meat, game meat and processed meats
• Coffee, tea, and cola drinks

Other foods that should be eaten in moderation include:

• Mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, dried beans, artichokes and peas
• Peanuts, soy and soy products, including tofu and soy sauce
• Brown rice, whole wheat, malt and whole grain cereal

By making healthy food choices this holiday season, you can keep your gout pain away and enjoy the holiday festivities.

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Note: If you follow these guidelines and your pain persists, you may have a more serious condition. See your physician for a more complete diagnosis and treatment.