An acute gout attack will eventually go away on its own. This can take anywhere from 3-14 days. Comfort measures can help manage swelling and pain: Rest the jointKeep the joint elevatedPut an
ice pack on the affected jointKeep the weight of clothes and bed covers off the affected jointIf possible, avoid moving or placing any pressure on the affected joint
When to Contact Your Doctor
An acute attack of gout increases the risk of recurrent attacks. Call your doctor right away if: You think you may be experiencing a gout attack for the first timeYou have had gout attacks before, but your prescribed treatment does not control this attack quicklyYour symptoms worsen, do not improve, or keep coming backRash or hives developNew or unexpected symptoms develop
Prompt treatment is necessary to limit the severity of the attack and to help prevent permanent joint damage and disability.
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Gout treatment. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at:
http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/gout/treatment.php. Accessed February 24, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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