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Gout (cont.)

When to 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2015

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