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Gout is a form of joint inflammation.

  • Can I talk to a doctor on about gout?


Yes, provides virtual care services for gout. A doctor will take a comprehensive in-depth history and may provide you with prescriptions. Depending on the severity of symptoms further recommendations will be provided. The doctor will direct him/her to clinic treatment depending on symptoms.


  • What is gout?


Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by swelling of joints. It causes chronic inflammation and can cause irreversible joint damage, permanent bone deformation and stiffness[1]. Increased uric acid levels in the blood stream leads to accumulation of uric crystals at the sites of involved joint with structural damage[2].


  • What are the symptoms of gout?


Gout can be presented with pain in one or more joints and effusion in and around the involved joint[3]. Complications of gout involve hyperuricemia, kidney stones and uric acid nephropathy, severe degenerative arthritis, fracture in involved joints with tophaceous gout[4]. Untreated gout may lead to deposition of uric acid beneath the skin nodules labelled as tophi[5-7]. Doctor will be able to diagnose gout at the clinic by identifying characteristic symptoms. 


  • How is gout treated?


A doctor decides on treatment after taking a comprehensive history of the patient. Treatment of gout pain depends on the investigation findings, such as blood screening test for uric acid levels. Pain relief medications and uric acid lowering drugs may be prescribed[8]. Prescriptions for corticosteroids may be provided at the clinic and through virtual care services[9] [10, 11]. Diet modifications may also be prescribed to lower the level of uric acid in plasma[12].


  • How can an online doctor on treat gout?


Online doctor on treat gout through virtual care services. An appointment can be easily made with an online doctor. Gout can be treated via virtual care methods[10, 11, 13-19]. An online doctor will take a comprehensive history of your signs and symptoms and may provide you with prescriptions. Prescriptions can be obtained by online doctors. Virtual care services provided by assure comfort, convenience and a higher level of care for the patient.



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13. Gunasekeran, D.V., et al., Evaluating Safety and Efficacy of Follow-up for Patients With Abdominal Pain Using Video Consultation (SAVED Study): Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 2020. 22(6): p. e17417-e17417.
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