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LinkedInOVERVIEWSYMPTOMSDIAGNOSISTREATMENTA Type Of Arthritis That Causes Inflammation Of Joints Due To Excess Uric Acid. Usually In The Big Toe.Common (More Than 200,000 Cases Per Year In US)Treatments Can Help Manage Condition, No Known CureRequires Lab Test Or ImagingCan Last Several Days Or WeeksCommon For Ages 50 And OlderMore Common In MalesFamily History May Increase LikelihoodWhat Are The Symptoms?Which Specialist Should You See?What Are The Causes?How Is This Diagnosed?Source: Focus Medica . For Informational Purposes Only. Consult A Medical Professional For Advice. Learn MoreWas This Helpful?See MoreStart Health

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Also known as: acute gouty arthritis
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A type of arthritis that causes inflammation of joints due to excess uric acid. Usually in the big toe.
How common is condition?
Common (More than 200,000 cases per year in US)
Is condition treatable?
Treatments can help manage condition, no known cure
Does diagnosis require lab test or imaging?
Requires lab test or imaging
Time taken for recovery
Can last several days or weeks
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Common for ages 50 and older
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More common in males
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Family history may increase likelihood
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Source: Focus Medica . For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice. Learn more
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    Should I go to the hospital for gout?When to See a Doctor for Gout. Gout can develop overnight and happen suddenly without much warning or signs. Some people will automatically assume that the inflammation and swelling is related to a minor injury or a sprain, but seasoned Gout sufferers will know what to look out for and when to see a doctor. For those who are experiencing their first Gout attack or are unsure of whether or not they are afflicted with the disease might not know if a doctor's consultation is necessary.
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    How do I know if I have gout?This buildup usually affects the feet. If you have gout, you’ll probably feel swelling and pain in the joints of your foot, particularly your big toe. Sudden and intense pain, or gout attacks, can make it feel like your foot is on fire. Some people have too much uric acid in their blood but no symptoms.
    What medication should I take for gout?Gout can be effectively treated and managed with medical treatment and self-management strategies. Your health care provider may recommend a medical treatment plan to. Manage the pain of a flare. Treatment for flares consists of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, steroids, and the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine