Managing a Gout Flare
Gout flares are unexpected and painful; here’s how to get a handle on them.
Few things in life are more painful than a gout flare, so if you’re awakened in the wee hours by a joint that is tender, swollen, red and radiating heat, you’ll want to act fast. Here’s what you can do when a gout flare starts to ease the pain of and reduce the risk of others.
Take medicine you have on hand
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 plenty of fluids
Get a cane
Elevate your foot, if affected
Create gout-friendly socks
Revamp the menu
Stop eating troublesome high-purine foods, such as shellfish, red meat, sweetbreads and gravies.
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