Not ice - heat!
It's been a long time since I studied physical chemistry but surely
the basic physical processes of crystalisation must be exploited in the
management of acute gout attacks.
Greatly increased water intake and the application of heat to the
affected joint will increase the rate of clearance of the crystalline
solute from the affected joint.
My advice to sufferers is analgesia, colchicine 500mcgm TDS, lots to
drink and soak the foot in a bucket of hot water.
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