Prescription medications are readily available for what ails you and most of us are very quick to use them whenever we become ill. Some medical conditions are best treated through medications but the down side is that they often come with their own set of side effects. Some side effects are worse than the original symptoms of the illness. Many people today are turning to home treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions. In particular, sufferers of the painful condition known as gout are often in search of an effective home treatment to help ease the painful attacks.

Gout is a condition that occurs when the body contains high levels of uric acid. Normally uric acid is excreted from the body as a waste product but sometimes our bodies produce too much and the kidneys are unable to excrete it properly. The uric acid crystallizes and builds up in the joints, causing painful swelling and redness that can last for several days at a time.

If you suffer from this condition, there are many things you can do at home to help reduce the number of attacks and the severity of the symptoms should an attack occur. Making some changes to your diet can significantly reduce the frequency of the attacks. Being overweight can contribute to the development of gout so it is important to maintain a healthy weight by eating a diet low in fat, as well as drink plenty of water to help flush out the kidneys. Avoid foods that are known to break down into uric acid, such as organ meats and certain types of seafood, and add foods high in Vitamin C to your diet, which is known to help reduce the level of uric acid. Eating cherries or drinking cherry juice is a good way to help prevent gout attacks as they contain beneficial amounts of Vitamin C.

If you do experience the onset of an attack, you can try a home treatment to help ease the pain. Making a tea out of herbs such as Devil’s claw or willow bark is known to help ease inflammation and pain in the joints. You can also try making a tea out of dried thyme leaves, which may also help.

If you were ever ill with a chest cold as a child, your mother may have made a mustard plaster to help break up the congestion. A mustard plaster applied to the affected joint can work as a home treatment for gout as well. The heat generated from the mustard can help to relieve aching joints, as well as promote perspiration to help eliminate uric acid from the body. This is also true of ginger, which will create heat when dissolved in the bathtub. Soak the affected limb for thirty minutes but be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards to keep the ginger from irritating your skin.

A home treatment for gout may be very effective to help relieve the symptoms but you should consult your doctor if you suffer from this condition. Each individual will respond differently to treatment and what works for one may not work for another. Your doctor can make sure you are getting the proper treatment to help manage your condition and lead a healthy life.