Gout

Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. The crystals make your joints sore. This is like having sand in your joints. Repeat attacks are common. Gout can be treated.

HOME CARE

  • Do not take aspirin for pain.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • You may use cold treatments (ice) on painful joints.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Rest in bed as much as possible. When in bed, keep the sheets and blankets off your sore joints.

  • Keep the sore joints raised (elevated).

  • Use crutches if your legs or ankles hurt.

  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. This helps your body get rid of uric acid. Do not drink alcohol.

  • Follow diet instructions as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your body at a healthy weight.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You are throwing up (vomiting).

  • You do not feel better in 1 day, or you are getting worse.

  • Your joint hurts more.

  • You have the chills.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.