When suffering a gout flare, at-home treatments such as applying ice and resting the joint can help reduce the pain, according to WebMD. Other measures include taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Preventative measures for gout include increasing fluid intake and limiting certain foods, fructose-sweetened drinks and alcohol.Continue Reading
Mayo clinic recommends gout patients limit their protein intake to 4 to 6 ounces daily during a gout attack. During the flare, choosing low fat protein sources, such as lean meat, fish or nut butters, helps to speed healing of the body. At least half of the recommended 8 to 16 cups of fluids should come from water.
Gout is a form of arthritis that affects the joints and commonly causes pain at the base of the big toe. Affected individuals often wake in the middle of the night with the weight of a sheet seeming intolerable, according to Mayo Clinic. Affected joints swell, feel hot and are intensely painful.
While an experienced doctor is often able to diagnose gout by its symptoms, the only way to confirm the diagnosis is by examination of the fluid from the joint under a microscope. The presence of uric acid crystals in the fluid serves as confirmation. While blood tests are sometimes useful in determining the uric acid levels in the blood, some people have levels in the blood without having gout, according to the Arthritis Foundation.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases