Gout

Gout is known as a complex form of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness and swelling in a joint. It is usually associated with the big toe. Gout is caused by there being to much uric acid in the blood. While high levels of uric acid is not harmful, it may cause hard crystals to form in your joints. The most common sign of gout is an attack during the nighttime with swelling, tenderness, redness and a sharp pain in your big toe. These attacks can las a few days or a few weeks before the pain subsides. Another attack may not occur for a few months or even years.

Gout is most common in men but women become increasingly susceptible after menopause. Your chances of getting gout are higher if you are overweight, an alcoholic, or eat to much meat and fish that are high in purines. Some medicines such as diabetics can all bring on gout.

Symptoms of Gout

Signs and symptoms of gout almost always occur suddenly and most commonly at night, also without any warning.

  • Increased joint pain- typically the large joint in the big toe but can also occur in the feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
  • Lingering discomfort
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Fever- seek medical care immediately if you have a fever and a joint is inflamed and hot, this could be sign of infection.
Gout affects about 8.3 million people, or 4% of the population.

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