What should I do if I have gout in my hand?
Pain and swelling during an attack of chiragra is controlled with anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers (such as ibuprofen, paracetamol or colchicine) for an immediate gout pain relief. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can also help control gout and prevent future gout attacks,
The diet can be changed to avoid foods that trigger gout attacks and, if necessary, a medicine called allopurinol can be given. Allopurinol reduces the amount of uric acid in the blood. Losing weight can also help prevent future gout attacks and is probably one of the best treatment for gout in hands!
In brief, you can do:
- Take medication to relieve pain and swelling from inflammation
- Rest, immobilisation of the painful joint with splints and ice
- Dietary changes and weight loss to lower uric acid levels and help prevent future attacks
- Take medication to prevent attacks by avoiding inflammation caused by crystals
- Take drugs to reduce uric acid levels and dissolve crystals (most effective way to cure gout and stop attacks, but it takes time to dissolve all deposits)
So, the treatment of gout has three objectives:
- Relief of the acute inflammatory attack
- Prevention of future attacks
- Prevention of uric acid deposition in tissues by reducing uric acid levels in the blood