While there is no cure for gout, there are several measures to take at home to help ease pain and discomfort associated with a flare-up and minimize the frequency of flare-ups, according to WebMD. Prescription-strength or over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used to stop pain associated with gout, and prescription anti-gout medications help prevent flare-ups from occurring.Continue Reading
If one type of anti-gout medication has been used for a long time and does not seem to prevent flare-ups, it is important to contact a doctor. A doctor may be able to change the prescription to a different medication that works better, notes WebMD. If a new medication is being used, it may take a couple of months until the body adjusts to the medication.
Staying hydrated helps to prevent flare-ups, as a lack of water in the body can cause uric acid levels to rise, triggering a flare-up, reports WebMD. Avoiding foods that are high in purines can also help to keep uric acid in the body within normal levels. Foods high in purines include seafood, organ meats and some vegetables. Avoiding alcohol and fructose-sweetened drinks is also important to prevent flare-ups. Icing and resting the joints also bring relief.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues