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What to do about gout in the hands?

Gout attacks are treated with specific drugs: colchicine, anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone (infiltrations or tablets) are some examples.

You may also take other medications such as low-dose aspirin, diuretics (water pills) or immunosuppressants. Your doctor may also recommend that you add low-fat dairy products to your diet and drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help flush uric acid from your body. These medicines can be taken at the first signs of a gout attack.

In addition to medication, a gout attack is countered by :

  • Resting the affected joint.
  • Local application of ice pack or cold compress directly on the joint for about 15 minutes (Applying cold directly to the affected part is a good home remedy to relieve gout pain but, above all, to reduce inflammation and swelling).
  • Taking an anti-inflammatory drug or colchicine to relieve the pain
  • An acute attack can be treated with a joint puncture or corticosteroid injection.
  • A diet containing less animal protein (especially red meat and offal), more dairy products and vegetables.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated (2 to 3 litres of water per day); if you are fluid restricted due to kidney failure, talk to your doctor or dietitian about gout and fluid management.
  • Gradual and balanced weight loss reduces gout attacks in an overweight person.
  • Look for ways to relieve tension caused by pain, such as deep breathing and meditation.
  • Do not drink alcohol or eat foods rich in purines.

As well, an excellent home remedy to lower high uric acid levels is to prepare a mixture of baking soda and water. Just add a small spoonful of baking soda in half a glass of water and that’s it. The ideal is to drink eight glasses a day with this preparation.03.10.2019

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