What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused when a high concentration of uric acid builds up in the body which typically forms in joints. The uric acid crystal deposits are sharp and cause crippling pain and commonly immobilizes people with this disease because it typically forms in a big toe. Deposits of uric acid, called tophi, that look like lumps under the skin which not only contribute to the swollen appearance but the affected area is definitely noticeable due to bright red discoloration of the skin’s surface.

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Gout Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Heat
  • Redness

Gout sufferers are usually awaken in the middle of the night from an attack.

History of Gout

 

Pictures of Gout Attacks

 

Tips to Prevent Gout

  1. Learn and be aware of your triggers. Everyone’s triggers are different so its difficult to simply isolate one food or meat.

 

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