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Other Treatments for Gout
An acute gout attack will eventually go away on its own. This can take anywhere from 3-14 days. Comfort measures can help manage swelling and pain:
- Rest the joint
- Keep the joint elevated
- Put an ice pack on the affected joint
- Keep the weight of clothes and bed covers off the affected joint
- If possible, avoid moving or placing any pressure on the affected joint
An acute attack of gout increases the risk of recurrent attacks. Call your doctor right away if:
- You think you may be experiencing a gout attack for the first time
- You have had gout attacks before, but your prescribed treatment does not control this attack quickly
- Your symptoms worsen, do not improve, or keep coming back
Prompt treatment is necessary to limit the severity of the attack and to help prevent permanent joint damage and disability.
ACR publishes guidelines for pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of gout. Am Fam Physician. 2013;88(6):408-412.
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Gout. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 28, 2014. Accessed December 5, 2014.
Gout. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Gout/gout%5Fff.asp. Updated July 2010. Accessed December 5, 2014.
Gout—treatment of acute attack. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 13, 2014. Accessed December 5, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015
- Update Date: 03/15/2015