When it comes to potential treatment of gout then people tend to either look at self help methods or, alternatively, will contact their doctor in order to get some medical help. Due to the fact people have success with either method it is best to look at both options in the following paragraphs. One point that is important to point out is that not every treatment works for everyone so do not become despondent if the first thing you try is not a success.
The self help approach mainly involves you taking more care with the affected area and actually being sensible and avoid pushing yourself into doing more when your gout has flared up. Avoid doing any kind of physical activity and elevate your joint and rest it as much as possible. You may find that your doctor will provide you with a special splint to wear for this and if this is the case, then wear it as all of this will help to reduce swelling.
The other thing you need to do yourself is look at using ice, but you must wrap it in a towel and never put it directly on your skin. Look at trying to keep the ice there for around twenty minutes and repeat if required.
This can often reduce the severity of an attack, but there is further help available from your doctor who can prescribe a number of medications that will help to reduce the pain and swelling. One of the first medications they will often try are NSAIDs which stands for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and, as the name suggests, they are aimed at reducing swelling. There are instances where this approach will not be suitable, such as when you have a heart condition or kidney and lung problems, but there are alternatives that your doctor can prescribe.
Your doctor may decide to prescribe you medication that prevents the build up of urate in your body as a way to tackle the problem. The build up of uric acid in your body, due to too much being in your blood, is one of the main causes of gout so preventing how much your body can make is an effective way of dealing with your gout.
This approach can help to reduce the problem and if it works you may find your doctor will prescribe you a tablet that does this very same job on a daily basis. One thing to be aware of, however, is that a tablet such as allopurinol may actually cause the levels of urate to increase slightly at first before it then gets it under control so an attack of gout is common.
Of course the best treatment of gout is to take steps to lower the chances of it happening in the first place and for this you need to look closely at your diet. Avoid drinking as much alcohol, drink a lot of water each day, make sure you do physical exercise on a regular basis, and avoid foods that are high in purines and for this you may wish to seek an appointment with an expert. By doing your part there should be less chance of requiring help from your doctor to get your gout under control.