An acute gout attack will eventually go away on its own. This can take anywhere from 3-14 days. Comfort measures can help manage swelling and pain:
When to Contact Your Doctor
An acute attack of gout increases the risk of recurrent attacks. Call your doctor right away if:
Prompt treatment is necessary to limit the severity of the attack and to help prevent permanent joint damage and disability.
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Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 3/15/2015