9 Surprising Triggers of Gout Pain

Dietary factors, such as red meat and alcohol, have long been known to trigger gout pain, but medications and medical conditions can be a problem too.

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Aspirin drives up the amount of uric acid in your blood. At high enough levels, uric acid deposits in joints (especially in the big toe and fingers) and forms the razor-sharp crystals responsible for gout.

If you take low-dose aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease, don’t skip your daily pill for fear of gout. Instead try to avoid other gout risk factors (such as food triggers). If your uric acid levels are still high, medications can help reduce them, Dr. Saag says.

For occasional pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) might be better for the gout-prone.

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