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Hot Water for Gout Pain Relief

October 3, 2012 by Teresa.

Gout can be painful. When the build up of uric acid in the bloodstream begins to crystallize and settles in your joints, discomfort follows. Anyone who has suffered from flareups or gout attacks usually welcomes any possible relief from the pain that they can find. Applying heat may help to break up those crystals. When inflammation is reduced the discomfort of an attack subsides. Adding a little Epsom salts and some ibuprofen to the treatment as well can make you even more comfortable.

Running a hot bath or swimming in a heated pool are two great ways to enjoy the benefits of warm water. Test the water first for comfort level. The last thing that you want is to get burned. Also as an additional precaution, diabetics or those with high blood pressure might consider using a hot cloth compress as sitting in a hot bath is not recommended for those conditions. Don't rush the treatment. Try to stay in the water for at least 15 minutes, longer is even better. As you relax in the hot water, the heat dilates your blood vessels, helping to improve circulation.

Epsom salts has magnesium in it. By adding two cups of it to hot water, it may enhance the benefits of the treatment. If you can manage a routine of hot water treatments twice daily, it is even more likely that your pain will be reduced. Taking two Ibuprofen before your bath for extra pain relief is also helpful. Try a soothing foot bath on occasion. Add a third of a cup of ground ginger to the water. You may notice that you start to sweat, but that may also help to eliminate excess uric acid from your system. Once again, don't rush the process. Set aside at least thirty minutes for the foot bath.

Incorporating light stretching before and after the hot bath can be helpful. In fact, stretching, overall, is a good practice to get into regardless of whether you suffer from gout or not. Nothing too vigorous is necessary, but stretching with gout is an ideal way to assist in decreasing the uric acid in the body while increasing flexibility.

In the end, water may be your best friend. Increasing your daily consumption of water is highly recommended. It has been thought that dehydration is a possible contributor to gout. Drinking plenty of water may or using certain medication treatments such as Colchicine 0.5mg can reduce the chances of a gout attack.


Filed under: Gout Treatment and Prevention, Gout Natural Remedies, Gout Pain Relief.

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