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The Gout - What Treatment is Right for You?

"We can tell you the truth: cure the gout is possible, but it's often accompanied by other diseases (uric acid for example).

The immobilization of the joint and the application of an ice bag can help relieve the pain, but this is obviously only temporary, pending doctor's visit to take medication.

Medication allows to remove gout symptoms and gout pain in 3 to 10 days."

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Is it possible to cure gout without treatment?

Yes, to short term. Gout disease can cure itself, but without treatment in depth with medications and diet, you may have gout more increasingly painful and harmful to your joints. In addition, gout can also become a chronic disease.

What are the main treatments for gout?

There are three kinds of treatment for gout:

  • Short term: reduce the pain of the gout,
  • Medium-term: reduce the level of uric acid in the blood and reduce urate crystals stocks accumulated (hypouricemian needed),
  • Long term: avoid new gout disease with a specific diet.

Gout treatment to reduce pain fast

Most of the time, reduce pain is the primary treatment. Immediately apply ice locally (generally the toe of the foot), protecting the skin with a cloth (10 to 30 minutes, 4 times a day). It relieves pain and shortens the duration of the gout in addition to the medical drugs.

Gout treatment with medical drugs (reduce the level of uric acid in the blood and the pain)

For the treatment of gout, doctors use to prescribe these medical drugs:
- colchicine: reduces pain in less than 12 hours and eliminates the gout pain in 2 or 3 days.
- anti-inflammatory steroidal: indomethacin, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen.
- analgesics simple: as the paracetamol.

In case of very painful gout disease, doctor completes the treatment with:
- a cortisone injection: to quickly relieve inflammation
- steroidal: to put an end to excessive pain
- corticosteroids: injected into the joint or taken orally to reduce inflammation

Other treatments to reduce pain of the gout disease

Other treatments, nonvalidated medically, can relieve you during a painful gout:
  • bicarbonate of sodium: 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water every 2-4 hours,
  • cherries: thanks to its antioxidant properties and its high content of anthocyanin, a natural anti-inflammatory,
  • apple cider vinegar: 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of water seem to help during a painful gout by changing the pH of the blood.

New medical drugs for the treatment of gout

Research continues on the most effective treatments for gout. Swiss doctors have recently updated the molecule responsible for inflammation.

Daily tips for the treatment of gout

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  • Avoid purine-rich food: seafood, anchovies, game meat, offal, consommés, asparagus, spinach, peas, lentils, sauces, cheese, fried foods.
  • Preferably eat: dairy products 0%, cherries, strawberries, integral bread, tuna, salmon, vitamin C (at least 500 mg/d).
    See our article: diet for the gout
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  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day without dry residues (see packaging label).
  • Coffee reduces uric acid.

  • Avoid alcohol (especially beer) and tea.

Weight loss

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  • Promote progressive weight loss with a balanced diet.

  • Avoid fast and strict diets because they can cause a new gout disease.


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  • Make a regular and moderate physical activity: walking (½ h per day), swimming, cycling.

  • Avoid sports that weaken the joints such as squash or running.

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Allopurinol: A medical drug that is used to lower the levels of uric acid in the blood.

Drugs for gout: a medical drug that decreases the inflammation caused by gout.

Gouty arthropathy: Destruction of the joints due to tophus (cluster of uric acid crystals).

Kidney stones: « stones » mainly created in the urinary tract.

Colchicine: medical drug that relieves gout pain (also used in prevention) learn more about colchicine

Renal colic: very intense lower back pain due to "stones" that close up the urinary tract.

Hyperuricemia: uric acid rate in the blood above the normal rate (> 420 µmol/l or 70 mg/l).

Hypouricemia: medical treatment to reduce the level of uric acid in the body.

Infiltration: injection of a product directly into a joint.

Renal failure: progressive, important and definitive degeneration of the kidney function.

Psoriasis: chronic disease that affects first the skin.