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How can you get help for gout?

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The pain from a gout attack usually gets better in three to 10 days. But you’ll feel better faster if the gout is treated. If you think you might have it, contact your doctor. An exam and tests will show if it’s gout or something else, like an infection. Talk with your doctor about the best medicines for you. The type will depend on how well your kidneys work, the possible side effects, and other health issues.

From: Which Medicines Treat Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

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Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter: “All About Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology, Gout: “Fast Facts.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Treatment.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter: “All About Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology, Gout: “Fast Facts.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Treatment.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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