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During a gout attack, the following measures can help relieve the pain:
Rest the joint
Keep the joint elevated
ice pack on the affected joint
Keep the weight of clothes and bed covers off the affected joint
If possible, avoid moving or placing any pressure on the affected joint
The above treatments can help ease the pain of a gout attack. Drug treatment is usually needed to treat a gout attack and prevent recurrences. A gout attack is best treated as soon as possible to limit the severity of the attack and help prevent permanent joint damage. Contact your doctor immediately if:
You think you may be experiencing a gout attack for the first time
You have had gout attacks before, but your prescribed treatment does not control this attack quickly
Your symptoms worsen, do not improve, or keep coming back
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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