Gout - When To Call a Doctor
Call or see your doctor immediately if you have:
- Severe pain in a single joint that comes on
- Swollen, tender joints with overlying warm, reddened
During an acute gout attack, you may be able to
relieve some of your discomfort by taking
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or
colchicine and resting the affected joint until the attack eases. You can use
ice to reduce the swelling.
Although aspirin is an NSAID, don't
take it for gout. Aspirin can actually make gout worse by abruptly changing the
uric acid level in the blood.
It is important that you 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 will
prevent and even reverse the uric acid buildup.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and
prescribe treatment for
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.