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    10 Minute Gout Cure: A Guide to Short-term Relief of Gout Symptoms


    Welcome to UK Meds’ guide to managing the common symptoms of gout. 

    In this guide, we'll introduce the '10 minute gout cure', a set of strategies designed to alleviate these symptoms swiftly and conveniently. However, it's important to remember that while these methods can provide short-term immediate relief, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consulting with a doctor or GP is essential to ensure any treatment plan is safe and tailored to your specific health needs and to check if medication may be a suitable option for your individual case of gout for successful long-term management and treatment - your doctor can offer a good understanding of any underlying causes of your gout and how to manage it effectively in the long run. 

    Discover how you can achieve quick relief from gout below.

    Please note that this article is not a substitute for professional guidance from your doctor and that you should always consult them prior to starting any treatment to ensure that it suitable for your individual requirements.

    10 Minute Gout Cure

    Understanding Gout

    What is gout?

    Gout is a medical condition known for causing significant joint pain and discomfort (Mayo Clinic, 2024). Gout, a type of inflammatory arthritis , arises from elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, leading to sharp, often unbearable pain in the joints (NHS Inform, 2023), often affecting the big toe, but can occur in other joints too (NHS, 2023). Despite its intensity, there are simple, practical techniques that can offer quick relief from the common symptoms of gout. 

    How prevalent is Gout in the UK?

    Gout is a common yet often misunderstood condition prevalent in the UK, affecting an estimated 2-4% of adults (The Lancet Rheumatology, 2023) and between one and two in every 100 people in the UK, mainly affecting men over 30 years old and post-menopausal women (NHS Inform, 2023). In fact, Bupa (2023) suggests that gout is an even more prevalent health condition in the UK, affecting one in every 50 people. 

    Gout explained by a Doctor

    In the YouTube video below, GP Sophie Newton (GMC no: 7134631)  explains gout, who gets it and simple techniques to prevent it: 

    Common causes and triggers of gout attacks

    Gout attacks are primarily triggered by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints (Mayo Clinic, 2022). This condition, while complex, can be influenced by several common causes and triggers including:

    High Uric Acid Levels

    The root cause of gout is elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (NHS Inform, 2023), a condition known as hyperuricemia (Frank, J.; 2020). Uric acid is a waste product created during the breakdown of purines (Jin et al, 2012), which are found in many foods.

    Dietary Factors

    Certain foods and beverages are high in purines, which can increase uric acid levels. These include red meat, organ meats (like liver), seafood, high-fat foods, and sweetened beverages (UK Gout Society, 2017). Alcoholic drinks, especially beer and spirits, are also known to trigger gout attacks (Neogi et al, 2014).


    Not drinking enough fluids, especially water, can lead to higher concentrations of uric acid in the blood, thereby increasing the risk of crystal formation (Versus Arthritis, 2024; NHS, 2023).


    Some medications can increase uric acid levels, such as diuretics (used for high blood pressure) and low-dose aspirin (British Heart Foundation, 2024). It’s important to discuss medication risks with a healthcare professional.


    Being overweight increases the risk of gout, as the body produces more uric acid, and the kidneys have a harder time eliminating it (Evans et al, 2018).

    Health Conditions

    Certain diseases and conditions, including hypertension (high blood pressure) (Harvard Health, 2023), diabetes (WebMD, 2023) and metabolic syndrome (Thottam et al, 2017), can increase the risk of gout.

    Genetic Factors

    A family history of gout can increase an individual's risk, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition (Zheng & Ma, 2016).

    Age and Gender

    Gout is more common in men than women (NIAMS, 2023). It typically affects men aged 30 and over; women become more susceptible to gout after menopause (NHS Inform, 2023).

    Rapid Weight Loss or Fasting

    Rapid weight loss and fasting can cause a temporary increase in uric acid levels in the body (UK Gout Society, 2013).

    Understanding these triggers and causes is vital in managing and preventing gout attacks. While some factors, like genetics, cannot be controlled, lifestyle changes, especially in diet and hydration, can significantly reduce the risk of gout flares. Regular medical check-ups are also important for monitoring uric acid levels and managing any underlying conditions that could contribute to gout.

    Media Coverage

    There has been a lot of coverage in the media relating to gout:

    Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger: 21st Century Gout

    BMJ Best Practice Podcast: Gout

    Bright Side: 10 Expert Tips on How to Fight Gout Attack

    UK Meds: 10 Minute Gout Cure

    The UK Meds ‘10 Minute Gout Cure’ aims to provide a solution offering quick relief from the acute pain and discomfort caused by a gout attack. Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, is caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Here's an overview of the approach:

    1. Cold Compress or Ice Pack Application

    Action: Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the affected joint.

    Importance: Immediate relief from gout pain can often be achieved by applying a cold compress or ice pack to the affected joint (NHS, 2023). This helps to reduce inflammation and dull pain sensations.

    It's advised to wrap the ice pack in a thin towel to avoid direct skin contact and apply it for about 20 to 30 minutes (Arthritis Foundation, 2024).

    2. Hydration

    Action: Drink a large glass of water.

    Drinking plenty of water can help in flushing out excess uric acid from the body, potentially reducing the severity of the gout attack.

    Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day (Arthritis Foundation, 2024).

    3. Elevation and Rest

    Action: Sit or lie down and elevate the affected joint above the level of your chest.

    Elevating the affected joint above the level of the chest can help reduce swelling and pain (Arthritis Foundation, 2024). It's also important to rest the joint to prevent further attacks (NHS, 2023).

    4. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

    Action: Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, if not contraindicated.

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can be taken to quickly reduce pain and inflammation (Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center,2024). However, it's important to follow the recommended dosage and be aware of any potential side effects.

    5. Dietary Adjustments

    Action: Plan your next meal to be low in purines. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks, and high-purine foods like red meat and seafood.

    A brief focus on diet during a gout attack can be beneficial. Avoiding high-purine foods like red meat, seafood, and alcohol can provide quick relief as these foods can increase uric acid levels in the body (Mayo Clinic, 2022).

    6. Stress Reduction Techniques

    Action: Practise deep breathing or a brief meditation.

    Stress can exacerbate gout symptoms, so engaging in stress reduction activities like deep breathing or meditation for a few minutes can be helpful (Versus Arthritis, 2024).


    Whilst these steps can offer quick relief, they are not a permanent cure for gout. Gout is a chronic condition that requires long-term management, which often includes lifestyle changes and possibly medication. It's always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive treatment plan and before starting any new treatment for gout.

    The UK Meds ‘10 Minute Gout Cure’ is about managing the immediate symptoms effectively and should be seen as part of a broader approach to dealing with gout.

    When to see a doctor for Gout

    Gout can often be managed with lifestyle changes and home remedies, but there are certain signs that indicate the need for medical intervention. Recognising these signs is crucial for effective treatment and to prevent complications.

    Signs Indicating the Need for Medical Intervention:

    Severe Pain and Discomfort

    If the pain is unbearable and not relieved by over-the-counter medications or home remedies, it's time to see a doctor.

    Frequent Gout Attacks

    Experiencing frequent attacks may suggest that your gout is not being effectively managed and requires medical attention.

    Prolonged Symptoms

    Gout symptoms that last more than a week, or short attacks happening frequently.

    Infection Symptoms

    Signs of infection, such as increased redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected joint, or a fever.

    Limited Joint Mobility

    If gout is starting to affect your ability to move the joint normally.

    Kidney Stone Symptoms

    Symptoms like intense pain in the back or side, nausea, or blood in urine can indicate kidney stones, a complication of untreated gout.

    Overview of Medical Treatments for Chronic Gout

    Which types of medications can reduce uric acid levels?

    Medications such as allopurinol help lower blood uric acid levels (NHS, 2023), preventing gout attacks.


    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain during gout attacks (NHS, 2023). Examples include Naproxen and Diclofenac.


    Colchicine is often used to treat gout attacks, particularly in individuals who cannot take NSAIDs. It reduces gout pain but can have side effects like nausea and diarrhoea (Mayo Clinic, 2024).


    These may be prescribed for gout pain relief for those who cannot take NSAIDs or colchicine (NHS Inform, 2023).

    Lifestyle and Dietary Changes 

    Long-term management involves changes in diet and lifestyle, such as reducing alcohol intake (Neogi et al, 2014), avoiding high-purine foods (Fenando et al, 2022), maintaining a healthy weight (Kakutani-Hatayama et al, 2015), and staying hydrated (Moi et al, 2013).

    Regular Monitoring

    Regular blood tests to monitor uric acid levels and adjust medications accordingly (Arthritis Foundation, 2022).

    If you think you’re experiencing any of these signs, or if your gout symptoms are affecting your quality of life, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Early and effective treatment can help manage the symptoms of gout, reduce the risk of complications, and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Remember, each individual’s case of gout is unique, and treatment should be tailored to your specific needs and health profile.

    Myths vs Facts about Gout

    Gout is often surrounded by misconceptions, leading to confusion and ineffective management of the condition. Let's debunk some common myths about gout using factual information, particularly relevant to the UK context.

    Myth 1: Gout is a Minor Condition

    • Fact: Gout is a serious form of inflammatory arthritis. According to the NHS (2023), it can cause severe pain, kidney stones and rarely chronic arthritis, if it is not treated properly. It's important to take gout seriously and manage it effectively.

    Myth 2: Only Older People Get Gout

    • Fact: While gout is more common in older individuals, it can affect people of all ages, though gout is extremely rare in children and adolescents (Kubota, M.; 2019). The UK Gout Society notes that gout typically affects men aged 30-60 and women after menopause, but younger individuals are not immune.

    Myth 3: Gout is Only in the Big Toe

    • Fact: Gout can affect any joint. The big toe is the most common site, but gout can also occur in the knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers (Mayo Clinic, 2022). Understanding this can help in early diagnosis and treatment.

    Myth 4: Gout is Entirely Due to Diet

    • Fact: Diet plays a role, but it's not the sole cause. The Arthritis Foundation UK states that factors like genetics, obesity, certain medications, and other health conditions also contribute to developing gout.

    Myth 5: All Alcohol is Equally Bad for Gout

    • Fact: While it's true that alcohol can trigger gout attacks, some types are more harmful than others. Beer and spirits have a higher risk compared to wine, as noted by Versus Arthritis. Moderation is key.

    Myth 6: Gout Medication is Only Needed During Flare-Ups

    • Fact: Gout medications, especially those that lower uric acid levels (such as allopurinol), may need to be taken continuously, even when symptoms are not present. This helps in preventing future attacks and complications (Versus Arthritis, 2024).

    Myth 7: Gout Isn't Linked to Other Health Issues

    • Fact: Gout is associated with other serious health conditions. The Arthritis Foundation (2024) highlights that people with gout have a higher risk of developing kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

    Debunking these myths is crucial for understanding and effectively managing gout. It's always recommended to consult with healthcare professionals for accurate information and personalised advice, ensuring that management strategies for gout are based on facts, not misconceptions.

    FAQs About Curing Gout

    Here are some frequently asked questions about gout, providing clear and concise answers to help you better understand and manage this condition:

    Can Gout Be Cured Permanently?

    Gout is a chronic condition, and while it can be managed effectively to minimise symptoms and prevent flare-ups, there is no permanent cure (CDC, 2023). Treatment usually focuses on controlling uric acid levels and managing pain during attacks.

    Are Home Remedies Effective for Gout Relief?

    Home remedies, such as applying a cold compress, staying hydrated, and making dietary changes, can provide temporary relief from gout symptoms. However, they should complement, not replace, medical treatments prescribed by a healthcare professional.

    How Does Diet Influence Gout?

    Diet plays a significant role in managing gout (Arthritis Foundation, 2024). Foods high in purines, like red meat and seafood, can increase uric acid levels, triggering gout attacks. Conversely, a diet low in purines can help manage gout by reducing these levels. NHS West Suffolk (2021) recommends a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for gout patients.

    Can Young People Get Gout?

    Yes, young people can get gout, although it's more common in older adults (NIAMS, 2023).

    How Quickly Can I Expect Relief from a Gout Attack?

    Relief from a gout attack can vary depending on the severity of the attack and the treatment approach. Some people may find relief within a few hours after using medications or home remedies, while others may take a few days. It's important to start treatment as soon as symptoms appear to minimise the duration of the attack.

    These frequently asked questions provide a general understanding of gout and its management. For personalised advice and treatment, always consult with a healthcare professional with any questions. Remember, effective management of gout involves a combination of medical treatment, lifestyle changes, and sometimes, home remedies.

    Key Takeaways

    • Gout is a serious form of inflammatory arthritis. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, leading to severe joint pain and discomfort, primarily in the big toe but can affect other joints as well.

    • Prevalence in the UK: Gout is quite common in the UK, affecting an estimated 2-4% of adults. It mainly impacts men over 30 years old and post-menopausal women, with some sources suggesting it affects one in every 50 people in the UK.

    • Causes and Triggers: Key factors contributing to gout include high uric acid levels due to purine-rich foods (like red meat and seafood), dehydration, certain medications, obesity, various health conditions (like hypertension and diabetes), genetic predisposition, age, gender, and lifestyle factors like rapid weight loss or fasting.

    • 10 Minute Gout Cure: This involves immediate relief measures such as applying a cold compress, staying hydrated, elevating the affected joint, taking anti-inflammatory medication, dietary adjustments, and stress reduction. However, it's crucial to note that these are short-term solutions and not a permanent cure for gout.

    • When to Seek Medical Advice: Medical intervention is necessary if you experience severe pain, frequent gout attacks, prolonged symptoms, signs of infection, limited joint mobility, or symptoms of kidney stones. Long-term management often involves medication (like NSAIDs, colchicine, or corticosteroids), lifestyle and dietary changes, and regular monitoring of uric acid levels.

    Always consult healthcare professionals for personalised advice and treatment, even if you are unsure how serious your symptoms are.

    Are treatments for gout symptoms available at UK Meds?

    For those considering medical treatment as part of their gout management, UK Meds offers a range of gout treatments, including Naproxen, Diclofenac, Allopurinol and Colchicine

    These medications can be prescribed pending a successful online consultation with an independent pharmacist prescriber. If you're exploring gout medications, our platform provides a convenient and secure way to access the medication you need to manage gout symptoms effectively (providing that you have a valid prescription).

    Remember, your health and well-being are paramount. Consultation with a healthcare professional ensures that any treatment aligns with your individual health requirements and helps you navigate the gout journey with confidence.

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
    GMC reference no: 7151419


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