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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
  • Rash or hives develop
  • New or unexpected symptoms develop

Prompt treatment is necessary to limit the severity of the attack and to help prevent permanent joint damage and disability.

Revision Information

  • Gout. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Gout/default.asp. Updated April 2016. Accessed February 24, 2017.

  • Gout management—treatment of acute attack. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T474276/Gout-management-treatment-of-acute-attack. Updated October 13, 2014. Accessed February 24, 2017.

  • Gout treatment. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/gout/treatment.php. Accessed February 24, 2017.