1. False. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are useful for treating the pain associated with gout flare-ups. But other medications are needed in order to address the buildup of uric acid, which causes gout.
2. True. Gout is a common form of arthritis. About 3 million adults in the United States had gout in 2005; about the same number had experienced gout in the past.
3. True. Diet, weight, and alcohol consumption are all considered risk factors for gout. And up to 8 percent of gout sufferers have a family history of the condition.
4. True. Gout often targets the joints in the big toe first. A red, swollen, warm joint may develop, usually at night. The condition also can affect ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows.
5. False. Men are at higher risk for gout.