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What is Gout?

Gout is a complex form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. In time they can damage joints, tendons, and other tissues. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause.

What are the most common symptoms of Gout?

The signs and symptoms of gout are almost always acute, occurring suddenly - often at night - and without warning. Gout symptoms include:

  • Intense joint pain. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain is likely to be most severe within the first 12 to 24 hours after it begins.
  • Lingering discomfort. After the most severe pain subsides, some joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks. Later attacks are likely to last longer and affect more joints.
  • Inflammation and redness. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender and red.

What causes Gout?

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. When uric acid concentrations are too high urate crystals accumulate around your joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain of a gout attack. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines

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