13 Natural Remedies for Gout Pain and Swelling You Can Try

Try these home remedies for gout symptom relief and less pain.

What is gout?

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Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, tenderness, and inflammation in the joints. It affects different body parts like the ears, wrists, knees, ankles, and small joints in the hands. High levels of uric acid in the body typically causes gout, but some other causes include lack of exercise, high levels of alcohol consumption, stress, excessive protein intake, and genetics. Gout is also linked to other, more serious, health problems so you should seek proper medical treatment. But trying these home remedies for gout pain can help with symptom relief.

Cherries

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Cherries have antioxidant properties, which are an excellent home remedy for gout pain. Cherries also help reduce inflammation and gout flare-ups because they contain anthocyanin. Try to eat 15 to 20 cherries a day.

Ginger root

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Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in many different ways as a remedy for gout pain. One way to take ginger root is to just incorporate it into your daily meals when cooking. Another way is to add half a teaspoon of ginger root to boiling water and drink the mixture once it has cooled. A third option is to create a paste by combining the ginger root with water and applying it to the affected area and leaving it on for about 30 minutes. These are some surprising health benefits and risks of ginger.

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Hydrate

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If you’re suffering from gout pain and swelling it is important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. This will help to flush the uric acid out of your body, keeping the gout under control.

Apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a simple home remedy for gout pain and swelling. The acidity in the vinegar helps to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it two to three times a day. If you find this to be helpful you can increase the amount of apple cider vinegar that you add to water.

Cold water

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Cold helps to reduce swelling. In the case of gout, though, it is important to soak the affected area in cold water for pain relief rather than use ice. Ice can damage the skin, making the condition worse.

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Bananas

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The high levels of potassium in bananas convert uric acid crystals in the body into liquid, which will then exit the body through urination. Bananas also contain vitamin C, which reduces swelling and pain. Try adding one or two bananas to your daily food intake.

Baking soda

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Baking soda can reduce the amount of uric acid in the body, which is the main cause of gout, and relieve gout pain. Mix half a teaspoon into a glass of water and drink it up to four times a day for two weeks. If you are above 60 years old only drink this solution three times a day.

Activated charcoal

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Activated charcoal is a potential home remedy for gout pain. The charcoal absorbs uric acid, which will help to reduce the affects of gout on the body. Either soak in a bath with half a cup of charcoal powder or create a paste with charcoal powder and water and apply to the affected area.

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Epsom salt

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Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium, which works to reduce high blood pressure. Soak the affected body part in a mixture of Epsom salt and warm water for pain relief and to reduce swelling.

Exercise

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Exercise reduces the level of uric acid in the body by normalizing insulin levels. Exercise will help to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.

Apples

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, especially when you have gout. Apples contain malic acid, which will help to reduce the uric acid in the body. The malic acid will work to reduce swelling and help with pain.

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Lemon juice

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The best way to relieve gout pain and swelling is to reduce the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Lemon juice alkalizes the body and reduces the amount of acid. Mix the juice from one lemon with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Once the fizzing has stopped add it to a glass of water and drink immediately. Another option is to add lemon juice to your water and drink around three glasses a day.

Eliminate sugar, soda, alcohol, and caffeine

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By reducing your sugar intake you can decrease your chances or severity of gout. Also, alcohol dehydrates you causing uric acid levels in the bloodstream to rise.

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