Those with gout can apply a cold pack or compress to the affected joint to reduce inflammation and ease pain. It is also important for gout sufferers to ensure they drink plenty of water in order to help the body keep gout-causing uric acid at a normal level, advises WebMD.
In addition to taking any medication a doctor may have prescribed, there are a number of steps gout sufferers can take at home to ease the pain caused by gout flare-ups, says WebMD. Until the pain subsides, it is usually helpful to rest the joint, preferably elevated. Avoiding food high in purines, fructose-sweetened drinks and alcohol, especially beer, can also reduce the number and severity of gout attacks.