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Gout treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my contact dermatitis?

Yes. In most cases, a doctor on Maple can treat gout online by asking about your symptoms and observing your condition. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they’ll be able to diagnose you, prescribe appropriate medication, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis typically characterized by its ability to cause high amounts of inflammation. It occurs as a result of high amounts of uric acid in your bloodstream, and forms needle-like crystals. These crystals begin to not only cause arthritis, but since they block kidney filtering tubules, they can also cause kidney stones and other kidney issues. 

There are multiple stages of gout:

  • Asymptomatic hyperuricemia — The period prior to a goat attack. In this period, the concentration of uric acid in the blood is elevated, causing the formation of crystals to begin. 
  • Gout Attack — A period of increased uric acid in the bloodstream causing intense pain and inflammation, usually for a period of 8 – 12 hours, but in rare instances, can last days or even weeks.
  • Interval Gout — This is the period of time between gout attacks.
  • Chronic Gout — This stage is only applicable to those whose uric acid levels in the bloodstream remain high with more frequent gout attacks, and potential joint damage.

Various risk factors are also associated with gout. Men and those over 60 are more likely to have gout. Additionally, high daily alcohol consumption can also increase the likelihood of  gout. Foods that can cause gout include red meat or shellfish. All of these risk factors are associated with higher levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, thus potentially leading to gout.

What are the symptoms of gout?

Symptoms of gout typically occur suddenly, and at night. They include; joint pain, inflammation, discomfort and redness. Joints in the knees, ankles, wrists, fingers, and elbows can be affected by gout. The most commonly affected joint is the one between your foot and your big toe.

How can I treat gout?

Treatment for a gout attack can include medication such as NSAID’s like ibuprofen, naproxen, Aleve, or celebrex. Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe you anti uric acid medications like colchicine or probenecid between attacks, or corticosteroids for instances of severe inflammation. 

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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Saves a lot of time compared to sitting in a doctor's office!

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Legitimate and just as described, with fabulous doctors. Totally fills the late-night worry gap!

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Not having to endure a long wait at a walk in clinic is fabulous. Especially since I have twin pre-schoolers to contend with.

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The service is so quick and professional and saves hours spent in a walk-in-clinic. This is a game changer for busy moms and I recommend it to everyone!

- Facebook review

Instead of my husband having to drag both kids to the hospital or walk in alone he was able to see a doctor right away and get a prescription faxed to our local pharmacy.

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Our family has used this service twice so far and it has been amazing. Both doctors were friendly, compassionate and you never feel rushed.

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Was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor without an appointment. I installed the Maple app, spoke to a doctor and had my prescription in under 30 min.

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I used Maple for the first time today. It was quick and easy, took less than ten minutes including connecting time and the doctor was professional and friendly. 

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LOVE This service. Not only do you have a doctor within seconds but they are professional and knowledgable.

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Absolutely blown away. It was SO easy to use. No wait time getting connected with a doctor. Getting the prescription faxed to the pharmacy made it a seamless process.

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Conditions Maple doctors can treat

Mental health

Our doctors are available to provide advice and treatment for common mental health conditions.

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Women's/men's health

Doctors can advise on family planning and treat conditions like urinary tract infections and erectile dysfunction.

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