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How is Gout Treated?

By Denise Roskamp

Gout is a kind of arthritis that affects men more often than women. It causes sudden severe pain that comes on suddenly and may be accompanied by joint pain and swelling. It most commonly occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe. The pain can be so severe that it wakes up the sufferer in the middle of the night. Fortunately, gout can be treated.

How to Manage a Gout Attack

The severe pain of gout can make the condition debilitating. If your older adult family member experiences a gout attack, the following steps could help manage it:

  • Suggest an anti-inflammatory medication, approved by a doctor.
  • Place an ice pack on the joint and elevate it.
  • Help the senior to relax since stress can make gout worse.

Seniors experiencing an attack of gout should be allowed to rest and avoid regular household tasks until they are better. An elderly care provider can be hired to come to the senior’s home to help with things like cleaning, cooking, and other daily tasks while the senior recuperates.

Gout Medications

There are several kinds of medicines that can be used to treat gout. The type of medication the doctor prescribes will depend on several factors, including how well the senior’s kidneys function and other health factors. Over-the-counter medications can help with pain, but make sure seniors check with their doctor first to make sure the painkiller won’t interfere with any other medications they are taking. The doctor might also prescribe another kind of medicine, such as a steroid or a medication to reduce the uric acid that causes gout. Uric acid reducing medications are especially important for those who have repeat attacks of gout since they could develop gout-related complications. An elderly care provider can remind the senior when it is time to take their medicine.

Lifestyle Changes

In addition to taking medications, there are lifestyle changes that can help prevent a future gout attack. Lifestyle changes the doctor may recommend include:

  • Drinking lots of water.
  • Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and exercise.
  • Stop drinking sugary drinks.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, especially beer, in excess.
  • Reduce consumption of red meat and seafood. Look to low-fat dairy products as a source of protein instead.

Treating a gout attack promptly is important because of the excruciating pain involved. An elderly care provider can help your loved one to be more comfortable while they recover. Elderly care providers can allow the person to rest and remind them to take medications. They can also ensure the senior drinks plenty of water and eats a balanced diet low in red meats and proteins.


Sources
http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/gout/treatments/types.php
https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/understanding-gout-treatment
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gout/basics/treatment/con-20019400
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gout/basics/definition/con-20019400

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