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What can I do for gout pain in my hand

By Anonymous August 22, 2017 - 4:45pm
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe.

It is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid isn't harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in your blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

Rest the affected joint until the attack eases and for 24 hours after the attack.

Elevate painful joints.

Use ice to reduce swelling.

Relieve inflammation by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But don't take aspirin, which may abruptly change uric acid levels and may make symptoms worse. Take a NSAID only if not contraindicated for you.


August 23, 2017 - 5:32am
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