Gout attacks are painful and often happen more than once. Taking medications may reduce pain and prevent attacks in the future. There are also some things you can do at home to relieve symptoms.

Medications

Your doctor may prescribe a daily long-term control medication to reduce levels of uric acid. This may help prevent gout attacks. Other medications can help relieve pain and swelling during an attack. Be sure to take your medication as directed.

What You Can Do

Below are some things you can do at home to relieve gout symptoms. Your doctor may have other tips.

  • Rest the painful joint as much as you can.

  • Raise the painful joint so it is at a level higher than your heart.

Preventing Gout

With a little effort, you may be able to prevent gout attacks in the future. Here are some things you can do:

  • Avoid alcohol and foods that trigger gout.

  • Take any long-term control medications prescribed by your doctor.

  • Lose weight if you need to.

  • Control blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Drink plenty of water to help flush uric acid from your body.

Medical Reviewer: Cineas, Sybil MD Last Annual Review Date: 2008-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright: © 2000-2010 The StayWell Company, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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Gout – a painful type of arthritis – often first takes aim at the big toe. It also attacks other parts of the body, including fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and heels, causing stiff and swollen joints.