Instant Pain Relief for Gout

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Gout pain has been called one of the worst pains a person can feel. Crystallized uric acid with hundreds of needle-like sharp points bury themselves in your joints so that the slightest touch brings a burning, stabbing pain. When the pain hits, all you can think about is how can you get rid of it. Here are some ways to get rid of the pain.

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Cortisone Shot

The quickest way to get rid of gout pain is to have your doctor give you a cortisone shot in the inflamed joint, which will make it vanish within moments. The concern is that cortisone can damage your body when used for extended periods of time.

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Ice

When the pain of gout hits, you'll want relief, and the easiest way to get it is to put an ice pack on the painful area, as it will work as an anti-inflammatory. Plus, the cold will numb your joint to some of the pain. Use it for 15 minutes at a time.

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Epsom Salts

Epsom salt is a classic home remedy that can bring quick relief to gout pain. It contains magnesium, which can help improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a bath as it is filling and soak in the water until it cools off.

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Prescription Medications

Medications, such as allopurinol, indomethacin, febuxostat or colchicine, can rid your body of uric acid quickly, though not immediately. Allopurinol and colchicine can cause side effects if taken for too long. That's why any of these medications should be taken under a doctor's direction.

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Over-the-Counter Medication

Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication that acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the pain of a gout attack. You'll need to take four tablets to begin to feel the effects.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey and take it twice daily to help avoid gout attacks. If you are already experiencing an attack, it will help decrease pain within a few hours.

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