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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 happens when uric acid crystals build up in a joint.
3. For many people, gout first appears in the thumb.
4. Although gout is quite painful, it usually doesn’t cause any lasting damage.
5. An acute attack of gout usually occurs around noon.
6. Drinking too much caffeine 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 1 symptom of gout.
9. Although you may not be sure you have gout, your doctor can easily diagnose the illness.
10. The most common treatment for a gout attack is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).