When you feel pain on some joints, especially on the big toe, and you see it swelling, you are probably suffering from a gout attack. Gout attacks can be extremely painful and could hinder you from doing your daily tasks. Because of the severe pain it causes, a patient experiencing gout might not be able to move properly and would be feeling discomfort for more than a week. If you are suffering from such attack today, you might want to act on it fast to avoid worsening your condition and prolonging the symptoms. Here are just some remedies you can do at home before you call your doctor.
- Take some painkillers or anti-inflammatory medicine.
Make sure that the medication you are taking is prescribed by your doctor. If you do not have any prescribed medicine yet, you can take some over the counter medicine to suppress the pain. You would need to mention it to your doctor though once you go to him or her for a check-up. Also, if you are currently taking a uric acid support supplement, you can continue taking it on top of the painkiller.
- Elevate the affected foot.
If the joint that is affected is located on your foot or your legs, you would want to elevate that part. Make sure that it is higher than your chest. This would help reduce the swelling in the affected area.
- Apply ice on the affected area.
Cold therapy will help in relieving the pain when you have a gout attack. It would also help in reducing the inflammation on the joint. You can use an ice pack, gel or you can make a cold compress on your own. You can fill a sealable plastic bag with crashed ice and wrap it with a clean cloth. Let the pack stay over the joint for twenty minutes or until the compress is not cold enough anymore. You can repeat the process several times a day during the attack.
- Avoid putting pressure on the joint.
You can use a cane to support your weight and avoid stressing the joint that is affected. You should also avoid walking around as it would worsen the pain. Instead, rest your foot (if that part is affected) as much as possible and make sure to elevate it when you sleep. You might also find it useful to remove the blanket covering the painful area. The weight that your blanket would put on your joint could also make it ache more.
- Check what you eat and drink.
You shouldn’t only be monitoring your diet when you constantly have gout attacks. You should have to follow a strict diet containing foods that are low in purine and high in fiber. During an attack, it would help to eat some cherries, berries, carrots and other vegetables. On the other hand, you should also avoid drinking alcohol just to keep your mind off the pain. Alcohol can aggravate your condition and would make your uric acid levels shoot up.