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Gout (cont.)

Gout Treatment

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Self-Care at Home

  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • While a joint is hot and swollen, you may want to use a cane or similar support to keep your weight off that joint.
  • It may be helpful to keep the swollen joint elevated above your chest as much as possible.
  • Ice packs can be helpful in relieving pain and reducing inflammation.
  • Maintaining adequate hydration is key for minimizing the frequency and intensity of attacks.
  • Cherry juice may decrease the intensity and severity of attacks.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014
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