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How are swollen joints (joint effusion) caused by acute gout treated?

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Acute gout can be treated with a medicine called colchicine. This prescription drug eases swollen joints, pain, and inflammation caused by the crystal deposits in the joint. NSAIDs may also help decrease pain and swelling. Sometimes, however, you may need stronger painkillers.

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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