What do I need to know about caring for someone with gout?

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  • When symptoms flare up, affected joints can be very painful to move and to touch. Ice can be helpful in reducing swelling as well as a prescribed anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter ibuprofen. Symptoms usually begin to subside after 24 hours. Talk to your loved one's doctor to discuss the best treatment options for their condition.

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