Pain and inflammation occur when too much uric acid crystallizes and deposits in the joints.

Symptoms of gout include severe pain, redness, and swelling in joints, often the big toe. Attacks can come suddenly, often at night.

During an acute attack, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain and shorten the length of the attack. Patients with chronic gout can use behavioral modification such as diet, exercise, and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of attacks. Additionally, patients with chronic gout are often put on medications such as colchicine.

A form of arthritis characterized by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in joints.

  • gouty arthritis
  • acute gouty arthritis

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

Very common

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

More common in males

Can last several days or weeks

Common for ages 35-50

Family history may increase likelihood

Diagnosis involves physical examination, medical history review and other tests.

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