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Take the Gout Quiz

For anyone who has had gout, the experience is not one that's easily forgotten. It causes sudden, intense pain and tenderness in a joint. Find out more about gout by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

1. Gout is a form of arthritis.
2. Gout occurs when excess uric acid crystals build up in the joint spaces, causing inflammation.
3. For many people, gout first appears in the thumb.
4. Although gout is quite painful, it usually causes no lasting damage.
5. An acute attack of gout usually occurs late in the day.
6. Drinking too much alcohol can cause a gout attack.
7. Women are more likely to develop gout than are men.
8. A painful joint that is swollen, red, and warm is one symptom of gout.
9. Although you may not be sure you have gout, your doctor can easily diagnose the illness.
10. The most common treatments for an acute attack of gout are high doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and injections of corticosteroid drugs into the affected joint.

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