Font Size
A
A
A

Gout (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Gout?

Anyone who has a sudden onset of a hot, red, swollen joint should seek medical care, either with a primary-care physician, at an emergency department, or with a rheumatologist (arthritis and gout specialist). These symptoms can also be due to an infection, loss of cartilage in the joint, or other reasons. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of gouty arthritis for optimal treatment.

If one has been diagnosed with gout and has had more than one attack of arthritis, take the medication prescribed by a physician for these attacks. The individual should be seen by a physician, in the emergency department, or urgent-care center if the attack does not respond to this treatment. The individual may need regular medications to prevent further arthritis flares.

Attacks of abdominal pain due to kidney stones (renal colic) may be related to uric acid kidney stones from gout.

What Specialists Treat Gout?

Gout is treated by primary-care doctors, including generalists, internists, and family medicine physicians. Rheumatologists have a special interest in diagnosing and managing gout.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016

Must Read Articles Related to Gout

Alcoholism
Alcoholism Alcohol problems vary in severity from mild to life threatening and affect the individual, the person's family, and society in numerous adverse ways. Signs of a...learn more >>
Arthritis
Arthritis Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Causes include injury, abnormal metabolism (such as gout), inheritance (such as in osteoarthritis), infections (such as...learn more >>
Dehydration (Adults)
Dehydration in Adults Dehydration occurs when the loss of body fluids (mostly water), exceeds the amount that is taken in. Causes of dehydration include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, di...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Gout:

Gout - Treatment

What was the treatment for your gout?

Gout - Experience

Please describe your experience with gout.

Gout - Diet

How did you change your diet upon your diagnosis of gout?

Gout - Symptoms and Signs

For gout, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?


Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Gout »

Gout is a common disorder of uric acid metabolism that can lead to deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in soft tissue, recurrent episodes of debilitating joint inflammation, and, if untreated, joint destruction and renal damage.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary