Warmer temperatures. Vacation. Sunshine.
Summertime should be something you look forward to. But painful gout attacks can ruin your best-laid plans.
The good news? Gout can be successfully managed. These tips can help you get gout under control so you can focus on enjoying your summer.
- Travel with your medications.
If you are planning a summer vacation, don’t forget to pack your gout medications in your carry-on bag. It’s important to keep up with your medication while traveling, so make sure to take it on the same schedule you do at home.
- Stay hydrated.
The heat of the summer can elevate a patient’s risk of a gout attack. Make sure you are hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. If you are experiencing a flare, hydration is especially important, because water intake can also help flush uric acid from your system.
- Visit your doctor.
If you haven’t seen a doctor about your gout yet, make an appointment as soon as you can. This is the first step in managing your condition. If you’re not sure what to ask your doctor, this printable checklist is a great place to start. If you’ve visited your doctor but haven’t received the answers you need, it may be time to seek a second opinion.
- Plan ahead.
The last thing you want to experience on vacation is a gout flare. Do you have everything you need to manage it if you do have one? Even if you haven’t had a flare in a while, it’s better to be prepared with things like over-the-counter ibuprofen and a refillable water bottle that can help keep you hydrated.
- Seek support.
Gout can feel lonely, but you can take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. There are over 9 million other Americans living with this painful form of arthritis. Joining a community of gout patients is a great way to meet others who are going through the same experience as you. And, don’t be afraid to share your own journey with your loved ones. Surrounding yourself with a supportive community is an important part of managing this condition.
Don’t let gout manage you this summer. Whether your plans are taking you to your backyard or across the world, follow these tips to make this a fantastic summer.