What Are the Best Home Remedies for Gout?


The best home remedies for gout include chilling and resting the affected joint, drinking plenty of water and keeping foods that are high in purines out of the diet, notes WebMD. In concert with these home remedies, gout sufferers also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen, ibuprofen and meloxicam.

In cases where the gout attack is not excessively painful, cold compresses or cold packs reduce the swelling and ameliorate the pain. Placing ice packs on the joint for up to 30 minutes, two or three times per day, provides a significant level or relief, states WebMD.

Resting joints wracked by pain from gout is also a helpful home remedy. Elevating the joint on a cushion or pillow alleviates the pain even more, as stated by WebMD.

High levels of uric acid in the blood cause gout outbreaks. Drinking water helps the body stabilize the levels, easing the outbreak. When patients don't drink enough water, uric acid levels can elevate in some cases. Foods with high purine levels, such as organ meats, seafood and some vegetables, boost uric acid levels as well. Beverages sweetened by fructose make uric acid levels increase, as do alcoholic drinks (particularly beer), according to WebMD.