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When should I call my doctor if I have gout?

If you're having an attack of gout, it is best to see your doctor right away so that he or she may examine your joint during the attack. This will likely confirm the diagnosis without the need for a lot of other testing. There are many effective treatments for gout. Your doctor can help decide what treatment is best for you and help you recognize any recurrences of gout that you may have and teach you how to treat them.

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