Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are the most effective home treatments for gout, notes WebMD. Getting enough rest, applying ice, drinking enough water and making changes in diet can help alleviate pain and stabilize uric acid levels.
Gout attacks occur when uric acid concentrates in large amounts around joints, explains WebMD. Doctors prescribe over-the-counter NSAIDs such as naproxen and ibuprofen to treat gout and relieve pain. A daily routine of rubbing ice gently on the joint for 20 to 30 minutes helps relieve pain and reduces swelling in the joint. Ingesting enough water and avoiding foods that are high in purines, such as liver and alcoholic drinks, can stabilize uric acid.