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Gout Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

By conservative estimates, gout affects over 8.3 million Americans in a given year. Since gout causes severe swelling and unbearable pain, Israel Alvarado, MD, Robert Webb, PA, and the team at Cima Medical Centers provide personalized treatment solutions at the four offices in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get the relief you need by requesting your gout exam online or by calling the clinic nearest you. Walk-in visits are also welcome for acute gout flare-ups.

Gout Q & A

What causes gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals get stuck in your joints. Uric acid is simply a byproduct of purine digestion from foods and beverages you regularly consume, including seafood, red meat, and alcohol.

If your kidneys are functioning properly, your body flushes away uric acid. If you have poor kidney function or have a diet that’s high in purine-rich foods, uric acid continues to build up and circulate.

As uric acid circulates through your bloodstream, it starts to crystallize in cooler areas. This is why gout typically affects joints in your lower extremities, particularly your big toe. Your risk of gout is higher if you:

  • Are male (men produce more uric acid)
  • Take certain medications, like diuretics
  • Have a family history of gout
  • Have been exposed to lead

Furthermore, gout tends to occur more often if you’re overweight or obese. Because gout can lead to permanent joint damage, it’s important to have an evaluation as soon as your symptoms begin. 

How is gout diagnosed?

Your practitioner at Cima Medical Centers spends time examining you, checking your joint range of motion, and talking with you about your symptoms. They need to know if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Sharp pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Warmth over a joint

After examining you, your doctor may order some on-site laboratory testing to confirm gout and rule out related conditions, such as a joint infection. In many cases, your provider can diagnose you quickly and talk with you about different treatment options. 

Is there an effective treatment for gout?

Yes, although treating gout often includes a combination of prescription medications and lifestyle changes. Your practitioner can prescribe drugs to reduce inflammation or lower your uric acid levels. To help resolve your gout flare-up and prevent further issues, you need to:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Avoid or minimize foods rich in purines
  • Manage your weight

The providers at Cima Medical Centers are dedicated to helping you recover from a painful gout flare-up. Whether your gout symptoms are minor or severe, the team can help. 

With the help of Cima Medical Centers, you won’t have to suffer from gout any longer. Click on the online booking tool, or call any office to schedule your gout consultation today.