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How long does gout in hand last?

Gout crises (or attacks) can come on suddenly and can be extremely painful. During a gout attack, pain, swelling and/or redness appear in the affected joint. Gout attacks vary in duration: some last only a few hours, others last several days.

Without treatment, a minor gout attack will disappear spontaneously within 1 to 2 weeks. With treatment, the pain disappears within a few hours and the gout attack is resolved.

The start of a background treatment allows a decrease in uricemia and gout attacks become rare. In the absence of background treatment, gout attacks recur. The first gouty attacks usually affect the feet (especially the big toe), then the ankles and knees.

After several years of evolution, gout can affect the joints of the arms (hands, elbows).

The affected joint swells and becomes red, hot and painful. The joint may become stiff and hurt more when touched. An acute attack of gout in hand lasts 3 to 10 days on average.

Sometimes people with acute gout only have attacks once or twice a year. When you have chronic gout, the attacks happen more often and the periods of normality between attacks are shortened.there are things you can do to control your symptoms during gout attacks.

During an attack, the main goal of treatment is to reduce pain and swelling in the joint. If you are already taking a uric acid-lowering medication at the time of the attack, you should continue to take it as usual. If you are not already taking a uric acid-lowering medication at the time of the crisis, you should not start uric acid-lowering medication during the crisis, but after the crisis, as directed by your doctor.


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