Few things in life are more painful than a gout flare up. So if you wake up in the middle of the night with symptoms of gout (a joint that is tender, swollen, red and radiating heat), you’ll want to act fast for gout relief. Here’s what you can do when a gout flare starts to ease the pain of and reduce the risk of others and hopefully get immediate gout pain relief.
Take medicine you have on hand
Applying an ice pack to the painful joint may help ease pain and inflammation. Wrap a pack (a bag of crushed ice or frozen peas will also do) in a dish cloth and apply to the area for 20- to 30-minutes at a stretch several times a day.
Call your doctor. Let your doctor know what is going on right away. She may prescribe a new medication, or have you come to the office for a joint fluid test (to confirm the gout diagnosis) or an injection of a corticosteroid to start relieving inflammation quickly. Getting treatment within the first 24 hours of the start of a flare can lessen its length and severity.
Drink, Drink, Drink
- Raising your foot with pillows so it’s higher than your chest may help lessen swelling
- Cut the big toe out of cheap socks or cut the toe section off completely so you can have warm feet without toe pain
- Stop eating troublesome high-purine foods, such as shellfish, red meat, sweetbreads and gravies. Learn more about High Purine – and Gout Safe Foods here.
- Most importantly… Relax. Stress can aggravate gout. Watch a movie, talk to a friend, read a book or listen to music.
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