What Are the Symptoms of Gout

What Are the Symptoms of Gout

What Are the Symptoms of Gout?

• Swelling and acute pain in the big toes, also known as "podagra"

• Mostly nighttime episodes that can persist for hours

• Swollen big toe, painful to touch (even by only bed linens)

• Red, swollen, and painful joints in the hands, feet, knees, and ankles

• Chronic inflammatory arthritis

Gout is an inflammatory arthritic disease characterized by sudden swelling and acute pain in the joints of the hands and feet, particularly in the big toes. Gout is caused by a high content of uric acid in the bloodstream, which induces the formation of knife-sharp uric acid crystals in the joints of the big toes. Rubbing of these uric acid crystals against the cells or tissues causes swollen, inflamed tissues and acute pain. Excessive uric acid crystals in the kidneys can also lead to the formation of kidney stones. In the US, 6 million men and 2 million women are afflicted with gout.

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