Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints.
- Acute gout is a painful condition that typically affects one joint.
- Chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation, which may
involve more than one joint.
Alternate Names : Gouty arthritis – acute, Gout – acute, Hyperuricemia, Tophaceous gout, Tophi, Podagra, Gout – chronic, Chronic gout, Acute gout, Acute gouty arthritis
What causes gout?
Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body. Your body may make too much uric acid, or have a hard time getting rid of uric acid. If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joint to swell up and become inflamed.
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What are the symptoms of Gout?
The most common symptom of gout is sudden and severe pain in one or more joints; typically your big toe. Gout is extremely painful; some people feel it’s as painful as childbirth.
Symptoms often develop at night, although they can occur at any time.
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How is gout diagnosis?
To confirm your diagnosis, you doctor will recommend some common test such as blood tests, joint aspiration, radiographs.
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How to treat gout?
Treatment for gout usually involves medications. What medications you and your doctor choose will be based on your current health and your own preferences.
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