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    Gout - When To Call a Doctor

    Call or see your doctor right away if you have:

    • Severe pain in a single joint that comes on very quickly.
    • Swollen, tender joints with warm, red skin over them.

    It's important to see your doctor even if the pain from gout has stopped. The uric acid buildup that caused your gout attack may still be irritating your joints and could eventually cause serious damage. Your doctor can prescribe medicines that can prevent and even reverse the uric acid buildup.

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    Who to see

    The following health professionals can diagnose and prescribe treatment for gout:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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