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How to manage gout flare?

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The most common place for a gout flare is the big toe, followed by the elbow, knee, wrist, ankle, and instep (the arch between toes and ankle)1

Some people with gout do not have warning signs that a flare is about to start. They may just wake up in the middle of the night with a very painful joint. However, some people experience warning signs before a flare starts, such as the following1:
Burning in the joint
Itching and tingling
in the joint
Joint may feel a little
stiff or sore
How do you manage a gout flare?2
  • Take the prescribed medications (pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and uric acid-lowering medications) you have on hand
  • Apply an ice pack on the painful joint for 20–30 minutes several times a day
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help flush out uric acid
  • Although it may be tempting to have an alcoholic drink when you’re in pain, but it contains high level of purines. Therefore, avoid alcohol at all cost
  • Use a walking cane to help keep the pressure off your painful joint
  • Elevate your foot by placing a pillow below your foot (higher than your chest) to reduce swelling
  • Create a gout-friendly sock by cutting the toe section off completely
  • Try to relax by taking your mind off the pain. Watch a movie or listen to some music
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