For Managing Gout Pain
During a gout attack, the following measures can help relieve the 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
The above treatments can help ease the pain of a gout attack. Drug treatment is usually needed to treat a gout attack and prevent recurrences. A gout attack is best treated as soon as possible to limit the severity of the attack and help prevent permanent joint damage. Contact your doctor immediately 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 back
Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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