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What can trigger a gout attack?

Eating foods rich in purines, such as anchovies, mushrooms, or asparagus, and drinking large amounts of alcohol can increase levels of uric acid in your blood, triggering an attack. A sudden injury to a joint, stress, illness, or surgery may also result in an attack. Some medications used to treat kidney stones can also provoke an episode.

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