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When is it time to call the doctor if I have a gout attack?

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A gout attack will usually go away in about 3 to 10 days. But you can feel better sooner if you treat it. To be sure you have gout, see your doctor. He’ll look at you and he might do some tests.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

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

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

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 01, 2017

SOURCES:

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

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

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

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 01, 2017

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