A First Aid Guide for Gout Attacks

Sometimes, gout can be a stealthy villain that would come and visit you when you least expect it. The excruciating pain can leave you in panic, which doesn’t really help in alleviating the symptoms. However, there are some really simple solutions to treating gout at its onset.

Pain and Swelling Treatment

Obviously, the pain and swelling are the first two things to address, and they can be addressed by following these common practices:

  • Elevate the affected joint to help reduce the swelling.
  • Use an ice pack to numb and soothe the pain.
  • Avoid putting pressure on the affected limb.
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They’ll help in controlling inflammation and reducing the pain during a sudden attack of gout. They can be bought over the counter (OTC) in the form of ibuprofen (e.g. Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve). Just take note that these medicines have side effects like stomach pain. For safety, always consult your doctor and keep an approved drug in stock.
  • Combine equal quantities of mustard powder and wheat powder. Add a little bit of water to form a paste. Apply the paste on the affected joint. Leave it overnight for effective pain relief.
  • For gout specifically in the foot, add charcoal powder to water for a soothing foot soak. Soak the feet in this solution for 30 minutes to an hour for pain relief.
  • Eat 15-20 cherries in the morning, preferably after waking up. This is a time-tested remedy for gout because cherries have anti-oxidants that relieve the inflammation of the affected joint. They also help prevent future gout attacks.

Uric Acid Elimination

Since pain and swelling are just symptoms, it’s better to treat the real cause of gout – the uric acid crystals that accumulate in the affected joints by following these simple remedies:

  • Drink plenty of water. If the blood is thin enough, the formation of uric acid crystals can be avoided.
  • Drink a solution of baking soda and water. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water. Because baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, it will help in neutralizing uric acid and stop the formation of the uric acid crystals in the joints.
  • For gout in the toes, mix three cups of ginger powder to water. Soak the foot in the solution for 30 minutes. It will help eliminate uric acid because ginger powder can make people sweat. Do not let the foot dry out; immediately wash the feet since ginger could irritate the skin.
  • Drink lime juice twice a day. Cut a lime in half and drink it with water. The citric acid in the lime will help in dissolving uric acid. Also, citric acid or vitamin C helps strengthen connective tissue, which is good for sore joints.
  • Eat apples after every meal. Apples contain malic acid that helps in neutralizing the uric acid, too.

These simple solutions could really help in alleviating the symptoms of a sudden gout attack. Despite the pain and swelling, having these procedures handy can help you combat that villainous gout attack and get back on your toes to seek professional help. As always, talking with a doctor would be the best thing to do to avoid any complications that may be unique to your medical or health requirements.

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