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Quiz: Do You Understand Gout?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

If you have gout, the most commonly affected joint is the big toe.

Explanation:
The most commonly affected joint is the big toe, but other joints in the foot, ankle, knees, wrists and elbows can be involved.
2

Gout is often diagnosed after an attack.

Explanation:
Gout is often diagnosed after an attack, which happens suddenly and usually in the early morning hours. Your physician will test your uric acid levels and make the diagnosis.
3

Gout flare-ups usually last 14-20 days.

Explanation:
In general, gout flare-ups last between 7 and 10 days. If you experience enough gout attacks, your joints can be permanently damaged.
4

The first part of gout treatment only focuses on preventing future attacks.

Explanation:
Gout treatment involves initially reducing the pain and swelling plus keeping uric acid at normal levels to reduce or prevent further attacks. Your rheumatologist will want to completely treat your gout attack before you lower uric acid levels, which should ideally be below 360 umol/L (6 mg/dL).
5

Colchicine can be an effective treatment for gout.

Explanation:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prednisone, colchicine, allopurinol, febuxostat and steroid injections can be effective gout treatments.