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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